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Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    Good -- but Misses the Importance of Technology

    Adrianna Huffington does a good job of describing the ongoing destruction of the middle class. I found the real-life stories of individuals and families that have been impacted particularly compelling. The degree of income concentration in the United States is really quite shocking. My major complaint is that Huffington fails to indentify advancing technology as a primary driving force behind income inequality. This is an important point because if technology (along with globalization) is a major culprit, then in tells us something about the future: Things are very likely to get even worse. We're sure to see more advanced automation and also new technology that makes it even easier for companies to offshore work. Even the upper middle class is not going to escape this tend. The basic reality is that technology and globalization are making our labor worth much less and giving workers less and less bargaining power. For a great overview of this issue--and a focus on the future rather than the past--I'd strongly recommend this book: "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future." It shows how advancing technology will very likely lead to structural uemployment and even more extreme concentration of income into the hands of the few. As someone who works in the technology field, I'm convinced that the trends described in this book are already well underway and explain, at least in part, the situation that Huffington describes. As "The Lights in the Tunnel" points out, this problem may ultimately be so big that it defies conventional solutions. I highly recommend that anyone concerned about the plight of middle class Americans check out this book and give these issues some serious thought.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    This....from her?

    Read it, got nothing that I didn't know. Suprised she is acting like she cares about the common folk, considering her radical left leaning/socialist likings and her love of this adminisration, who is destroying our country....top down, bottom up, inside out. Save your cash on this reaf.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Fast Read, Solid Info

    I'm too tired to write a great review, but just want to say it was an enjoyable read, awesome solid statistics and comparisons, very motivating, if you're into changing the world, or at least your town, then give this a read. I consider it a must read for anyone that wants to get involved with 2012 political debates and anyone interested in international relief work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Very interesting book

    I really did not think I would agree with anything Arianna Huffington had to say but I think she was right on, everything she states you can see is happening now.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Sad but true

    Informative. Confirms what most of us know already.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Common sense book about the erosion of the middle class.

    I loved A. Huffington's previous book, Right is Wrong, but this book seems to be missing much of the meat that made her previous book truly interesting. It seems like her commentary in this book is common sense and hardly packed with Earth shattering revelations. We all know that the middle class are the people that pay their taxes and get the shaft when times get tough. Huffington is preaching to the already converted, those that are not Republican. The book is filled with pages and pages of notes and bibliography that make up about a third of this book, so it isn't a very long book to read but it makes it difficult to justify the high ebook price. For a better read on the inequity of taxation and the erosion of the middle class, I'd recommend Linda McQuaig's "The Trouble with Billionaire's". It might have too much of a Canadian slant for some American readers though.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Powerfull

    Great read, to the point and more importantly, Factual. It outlines the current crisis with a personal feel, full of real life accounts of how the perpetuators played a high stakes game keeping the profits and slimming away from all the consequences.

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