Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security

Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security

by Janine Wedel


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A groundbreaking book that challenges Americans to reevaluate our views on how corruption and private interests have infiltrated every level of society.

From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, however divergent their political views, these groups seem united by one thing: outrage over a system of power and influence that they feel has stolen their livelihoods and liberties. Increasingly, protesters on both ends of the political spectrum and the media are using the word “corrupt” to describe an elusory system of power that has shed any accountability to those it was meant to help and govern.

But what does corruption and unaccountability mean in today’s world? It is far more toxic and deeply routed than bribery. From Super PACs pouring secret money into our election system, to companies buying better ratings from Standard & Poors, or the extreme influence of lobbyists in congress, all are embody a “new corruption” and remain unaccountable to our society’s supposed watchdogs, which sit idly alongside the same groups that have brought the government, business and much of the military in to their pocket.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605985824
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Janine Wedel is the author of Shadow Elite (Basic Books). Wedel has written for the New
York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Los Angeles
Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Politico
, and Salon,
among others. She is a professor in the School of Public Policy at
George Mason University and has been a senior research fellow at the New
America Foundation.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I In only our own we Trust 1

Chapter 1 New World, New Corruption 3

Chapter 2 Unaccountability, Structured 30

Chapter 3 Inside the New Corruption 48

Chapter 4 High Priests and the Gospel of Anti-Corruption 74

Chapter 5 Privatizing Media, Performing "Truth" 101

Part II The New Corruption at Work 145

Chapter 6 Spies, Company Men, and the Melded Company-State 147

Chapter 7 Thought Leaders and Think-Tankers 178

Chapter 8 Professors, Physicians, and Prestige for Hire 205

Chapter 9 "Grassroots" and Nonprofit Organizers 226

Part III Restoring the Public Trust 253

Chapter 10 What Is to Be Done? 255

Endnotes 275

Acknowledgments 375

Index 379

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