Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country

Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country

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by Thom Hartmann
     
 

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Thom Hartmann covers 11 straightforward solutions to America's current problems. At the core of each is a call to reclaim economic sovereignty and to wrest control of democracy back from the corporate powers that have hijacked both America and her citizens.

What's particularly unique about Hartmann's solutions is that all have been proven to work. Every single

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Thom Hartmann covers 11 straightforward solutions to America's current problems. At the core of each is a call to reclaim economic sovereignty and to wrest control of democracy back from the corporate powers that have hijacked both America and her citizens.

What's particularly unique about Hartmann's solutions is that all have been proven to work. Every single one of his 11 steps either was historically part of what built America’s greatness in the past (such as enforcing the Sherman Act and breaking up big corporations or returning to a tariff-based trade policy), or has worked well in other nations (like a national single-payer healthcare system —Medicare Part "E" for "Everybody"—or encouraging the growth of worker-owned cooperatives like the $6 billion Mondragon cooperative in Spain).

From addressing the problem of a warming globe to the death of America's middle class to the loss of our essential liberties, Rebooting The American Dream shows how America can reclaim the vision of our Founders and the greatness we held both at home and abroad for over a century.
 

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Publishers Weekly
Nationally-syndicated radio host and bestselling author Hartmann (Screwed) takes up his progressive cudgels once again. His theme this time: the need to turn back the clock 30 years and undo the legacy of Reaganomics. Turning the clock back further still, he recounts a story about how George Washington had to have an American suit specially made for his Inauguration because, even after the revolution, fine clothing (and much else) was still imported from Britain. Unlike many who argue the need for a return to protectionist policies, Harmann doesn't fault China for skirting rules of free trade, but rather applauds their successful adoption of Hamiltonian economics, which in his opinion made America great. While many of his 11 points are broadly accepted by progressives (a carbon tax, for instance) his take on corporate reform is unique. Not only does he support strict regulation of corporate lobbyists and disavow the belief that the First Amendment endows corporations with rights, he suggests the U.S. replace large corporations with cooperatives and adopt a shareholder-free "social-capital" model; profits not used for reinvestment would be divided between employees and the community, avoiding "the pitfalls of both modern capitalism and old-fashioned communism." (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609940294
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
BK Currents Series
Edition description:
PB reissue
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
237,416
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Thom Hartmann is the nation’s leading progressive talk radio host, heard on over a hundred stations, as well as on XM and Sirius radio, and seen on live nationwide television via the Free Speech TV network. He is also a four-time Project Censored-award-winning and bestselling author of twenty one books, including Unequal Protection, Threshold, Screwed, Cracking the Code, and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. In addition, Hartmann is an entrepreneur, an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, he has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children throughout the world.

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Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives good opinions, backed by facts on multiple issues. I liked the insight on universal healthcare.
Lexekon More than 1 year ago
Thom points out the very things that have been used in the past successfully, yet are being ignored by today's leadership. Why are some nations successfully following the blueprint our own country used 200 years ago, yet we strangely ignore these proven strategies now. Profit is the motive for the ones with influence, and they too often operate at the expense and detriment of others.
mushrie More than 1 year ago
The challenges facing the United States range from policies relating to international communities to government responsibility to its citizens. In Rebooting the American Dream, Hartmann discusses 11 ways to redistribute power back into the hands of the dying middle class and to hold government responsible for, and therefore reactive to, the people's concerns and demands. Hartmann's suggestions are based on similar ideas that the Founding Fathers had considered in drafting the original constitution such as minimizing the powers of corporation. This book is very relevant to modern-America because it considers the growing disapproval of government action and the pressure of globalization. I enjoy Hartmann's synthesis of information; he quotes members of the government and utilizes statistics relevant to his point. There is quite an emphasis on corporations and the effect of accepting the concept of corporations as "personhoods" (mentioned consistently leading up to the chapter Wal-mart Is Not a Person). Hartmann is disgusted at the powers given to corporations; with the amount of money they have, corporations can now easily affect voting outcome and law-making. There is sympathy towards the middle-class as Hartmann recognizes the difficulty it faces in a society governed largely by the wealth elite. Hartmann often compares the government of the United States to other developing and increasingly effective, systems of foreign countries. He recognizes the importance of protecting domestic labor by implementing high import tariffs, seen in his South Korea example. He also believes in an economic system that is not hierarchal and one that is controlled by the workers. He used an example from Mondragon, a small town in northern Spain, which has corporations that "is owned by its employees". Workers' opinions affect the way businesses are run. I enjoy this book because it recalls the successes of other countries as well as the past and would recommend it to students in high school that have a general grasp on politics. Now, more than ever, this country really needs educated young people that have, or will have, the power of voting, and can make informed political decisions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any educated, MODERN, American.
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Charlene Hettler More than 1 year ago
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Politically progressive radio host Thom Hartmann has nothing nice to say about Ronald Reagan. Hartmann believes he sponsored a catastrophic conservative restructuring of US governmental norms. According to Hartmann, Reagan and his cronies handed the nation's wealth to their friends via free-trade laws, nonenforcement of antitrust rules, union busting and runaway deficit spending that benefited the military-industrial complex. This sometimes-repetitive tome is sharply and refreshingly at odds with conventional wisdom, though if you admire Reagan you may want to read another book. getAbstract recommends Hartmann's essays to legal thinkers, politicians, academics, health care advocates and progressive entrepreneurs.