Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

By | November 27, 2017
Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power Author Noam Chomsky
ISBN-10 1609807367
ISBN-13 9781609807368
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 192
Language English
Publisher Seven Stories Press
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In his first major book on the subject of income inequality Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts a clear cold patient eye on the economic facts of life What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today They re simple enough reduce democracy shape ideology redesign the economy shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes attack the solidarity of the people let special interests run the regulators engineer election results use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line manufacture consent marginalize the population In Requiem for the American Dream Chomsky devotes a chapter to each of these ten principles and adds readings from some of the core texts that have influenced his thinking to bolster his argument To create Requiem for the American Dream Chomsky and his editors the filmmakers Peter Hutchison Kelly Nyks and Jared P Scott spent countless hours together over the course of five years from 2011 to 2016 After the release of the film version Chomsky and the editors returned to the many hours of tape and transcript and created a document that included three times as much text as was used in the film The book that has resulted is nonetheless arguably the most succinct and tightly woven of Chomsky s long career a beautiful vessel including old fashioned ligatures in the typeface in which to carry Chomsky s bold and uncompromising vision his perspective on the economic reality and its impact on our political and moral well being as a nation During the Great Depression which I m old enough to remember it was badmuch worse subjectively than today But there was a sense that we ll get out of this somehow an expectation that things were going to get better fromRequiem for the American Dream

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