What a load of propaganda. This book is nothing more than the authors [sic] rant/social commentary on how she hates success [sic] for a business she disagrees with, loathing of America, and her undying love for the global warming theory. I believe that she had every right to express her views in her thinly disguised “novel”, [sic] I love the 1st Amendment. I hope she is not offended when I express my 1st Amendment rights as well when I say, “TOTAL CRAP!!!!!!!!!”
To examine this more closely, we must look at the “us versus them” mentality that arises from such an attitude. The belief that we need the newest and the best of all things arises from a desire to walk among society’s elite—to emulate the socialites, to be like those of power. With this comes a similar attitude: As long as I’m okay, the rest of the world can go to hell. What we don’t address often enough is the fact that most of us are not among the elite and therefore constantly teetering along the edge of success and ruin—and many who are among the elite couldn’t give a damn (as long as they’re okay).
Take, for example, the recent story of a Texas teen who got a slap on the wrist for killing four people while driving drunk. His defense? He has “affluenza.” Apparently, since he is “the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy,” he deserves special treatment. He’s rich, he belongs to the elite, and therefore the rules the rest of us must abide by don’t apply to him.
Does it really matter that this type of mindset is tolerated? According to a forthcoming publication in Perspectives in Politics, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” the indications could be more profound than you’d think. Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University write, “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.” Even more importantly:
As to empirical evidence concerning interest groups, it is well established that organized groups regularly lobby and fraternize with public officials; move through revolving doors between public and private employment; provide self-serving information to officials; draft legislation; and spend a great deal of money on election campaigns. Moreover, in harmony with theories of biased pluralism, the evidence clearly indicates that most U.S. interest groups and lobbyists represent business firms or professionals. Relatively few represent the poor or even the economic interests of ordinary workers, particularly now that the U.S. labor movement has become so weak.
So, when I look back on that angry review, the one that accuses me of “loathing … America” for forewarning a bleak future under corporate rule, I do so with a heavy heart—not because it’s an unfavorable review but because it’s proof positive that there are people who still see the binding of government and corporations as a good thing. There are people who truly believe they’ll somehow get ahead by supporting massive empires that could care less about the common worker. There are people who buy the propaganda that not being self-serving, that not going into debt to outdo the Joneses, that sticking up for the little man is somehow un-American.
And that, to me, is just plain sad.
George Irwin remembers a time before the Big Climate Change, back when the airlines were still in business and people still drove their own cars. The world has changed much over his lifetime, but he still believes in the American Dream. When an alleged terrorist act lands his wife in the hospital, however, George stumbles upon a Corporate secret that could mean the end of all civilization.
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