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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It

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Nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author Thom Hartmann exposes the covert war conservatives, and corporations are waging against America's middle class-a war that's reducing the rest of us to a politically impotent working poor. This book asks: How did this happen? Who's benefiting? And how can we stop it?

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Overview

Nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author Thom Hartmann exposes the covert war conservatives, and corporations are waging against America's middle class-a war that's reducing the rest of us to a politically impotent working poor. This book asks: How did this happen? Who's benefiting? And how can we stop it?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576754634
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Series: BK Currents (Paperback) Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 265,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. His groundbreaking work in ADD/ADHD and psychotherapy has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Times, and in media around the world. He lives in Oregon.

Author of two NYT's bestsellers (Armed Madhouse and Best Democracy Money can buy), Greg Palast is an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering turned journalist. His writings appear in Harper's, the BBC, the Guardian, and Democracy Now.

Mark Crispin Miller is the author of the best-selling books Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order, The Bush Dyslexicon, and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too. An expert in propaganda and media, he teaches at New York University.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Mark Crispin Miller     ix
Introduction: Profits before People     1
A Middle Class Requires Democracy     27
There Is No "Free" Market     29
How We the People Create the Middle Class     41
The Rise of the Corporatocracy     59
Democracy Requires a Middle Class     71
The Myth of the Greedy Founders     73
Thomas Paine against the Freeloaders     81
Taxation without Representation     95
James Madison versus the Business of War     107
FDR and the Economic Royalists     115
Governing for We the People     129
Too Important for the Private Sector     137
Knowledge Is Power     147
Medicine for Health, Not for Profit     153
The Truth about the Trust Fund     163
Setting the Rules of the Game     173
The Illegal Employer Problem     183
Leveling the Playing Field     191
Conclusion: The Road to Victory     207
Afterword   Greg Palast     225
Notes     227
Index     236
Acknowledgments     247
About the Author     249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    A must read. Consise and easy to follow.

    I bought this book for my Dad who was a staunch Republican, but was beginning to feel that his party had become something entirely different than he hoped or imagined. After reading Screwed he was able to realize that what he has been led to believe and what is actually taking place in Washington bear little resemblence to one another. This book will give you the tools and knowledge to smack down just about any right wing talking point. Great historical tidbits and writings from the founding fathers thoughout the book. By the way, my Dad will not be voting for a Republican in this election and the book is being passed around to some of his other conservative friends.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Awesome

    Do you feel like there is something wrong in politics these days? Thom gives you an honest history lesson how reagan redistributed the nations wealth and what the middle class must do to keep from becoming extinct.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    a must read book

    A must read book for anyone striving to understand what is going on in our country. Mr. Hartmann is articulate and knows his facts. He has no personal agenda except to dispense information which is vital to anyone who cares about the direction of this country (which should be everyone especially if they have children who will inherit the twisted legacy we are leaving). Read this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    The Robber Barrons are back! Again --

    Highly disturbing, historically revealing. Goes back to the roots of our Constitution and Bill of Rights -- and how the current ruling Corporatocracy came to be -- and what we must do to save the middle class in this once great Republic. If we don't turn it around -- I feel for my kids and their kids. Our entire politic is corupt to the core. We ignore it at our peril.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    Since the early 1980s, American politics have been meshed with the interests of large corporations. The result is a new form of 'corporatocracy,' which Thom Hartmann links to the woes of the middle class. He believes that the political Conservatives who pushed for privatization and special corporate tax breaks intentionally harmed the American middle class, which he calls the bedrock of democracy. While the U.S. government has helped corporations and wealthy citizens, it has increasingly taxed the public and killed social programs that fostered the middle class. Hartmann focuses on the U.S.' future, which, he says, depends on having a healthy middle class. He adds a historical perspective by quoting America's founders, who predicted the dangers of creeping corporatism, economic elitism and an incipient aristocracy. Although he is very assertive in his attacks on Conservatives and corporations, his approach is refreshing. We found this impassioned analysis interesting, but ¿ fair warning ¿ you won't like it much if you're a corporate lobbyist or a Bush supporter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Inspired!

    I was absolutely moved and determined to improve middle class life because of this book! Even to the point of wanting to start a crusade against the Cons. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because I believe that if a progressive movement doesn't start soon, my generation - the 18-25 crowd could do something about it and fight off the injustice that the government and the current administration is doing to us like conning Social Security, privatizing healthcare, screwing up public education [which I am a product of the beginnings of NCLB's effects], etc. Not just for today's generation, but for my children's and future generations to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    A Wake Up Call for the Middle Class

    As the title suggests, Thom Hartmann's book explains how the middle class has been screwed by the very government it trusted. But Hartmann spares neither guilty Democrats nor Republicans in making his point. In the past 25 years, the middle class has been dangerously eroded through deceptive policies that enrich and benefit the elite and leave the rest of us behind. It is the middle class that is the foundation of our democracy - without it we will no longer be a democracy. We are now at a dangerous crossroads. The US has entered a new gilded age, not entirely dissimilar to the age of the Carnegies and Rockefellers at the turn of the last century. It took several decades, a Depression, and a leader with the stature and respect of FDR to set us on the right path again. If we don't take back the democracy that is being lost in the 21st century gilded age, we stand to lose the solid middle class that is the glue for keeping democracy in tact and healthy. Perhaps because Hartmann is not an economist by trade, he is able to clarify often abstract and complex issues. He cuts through the gobbledygook of statistics and economic theory and offers an everyman's explanation of what has happened. It is both lucid and provocative. It's hard to know what will be the stimulus for garnering a more active public when the corporatocracy controls the media that feeds the middle class the 'facts' as they want to them to be heard, controls the educational agenda that keeps people from really learning how to think, and controls the machines that tally our votes. Hartmann's analysis is surely a start.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Broad insight into america'$ problems

    Short book with great points and factual information.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    Concerned Boomer

    This is truly a wake up call. I was surprised to know who owns our ballot boxes and programs to run them. No wonder we don't get who we actually vote for. Another thing, I'm tired of hearing Boomers don't pay their way and we will break Social Security. Well the truth came out, we boomers have paid twice and extending our retirement so we can pay for the greed of our elected officials and big business. I say -- READ THIS BOOK and find out that we truly are being SCREWED by our own people --- They have sold us out for their GREED. Read it plus in the back of the book is the research to back it up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    Poorly developed

    The books itself is written at an 8th grade level, -readable. Although, the book's editing lacks a smooth transition between ideas. Further, those ideas are never developed beyond a few pages or completely evolved. It's a hodgepodge, that requires the reader to correlate to the theme. The poor rating has nothing to do with the author's political opinions. Nonetheless, the author does not present the oppositions arguement.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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