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Title:
The crash of 2016 : the plot to destroy America--and what we can do to stop it
Author:
Hartmann, Thom, 1951-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Twelve, 2013.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before-including during the Great Depression and the Civil War-because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play. In THE CRASH OF 2016, Thom Hartmann argues that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us. The result is a "for the rich, by the rich" scheme leading to policies that only benefit the highest bidders. Hartmann outlines the destructive forces-planted by Lewis Powell in 1971 and come to fruition with the "Reagan Revolution"-that have looted our nation over the past decade, and how their actions fit into a cycle of American history that lets such forces rise to power every four generations. However, a backlash is now palpable against the "economic royalists"-a term coined by FDR to describe those hoarding power and wealth-including the banksters, oligarchs, and politicians who have plunged our nation into economic chaos and social instability. Although we are in the midst of what could become the most catastrophic economic crash in American History, a way forward is emerging, just as it did in the previous great crashes of the 1760s, 1856, and 1929. The choices we make now will redefine American culture. Before us stands a genuine opportunity to embrace the moral motive over the profit motive-and to rebuild the American economic model that once yielded great success. Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, THE CRASH OF 2016 is not just a roadmap to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging us to act. Only if the right reforms are enacted and the moral choices are made, can we avert disaster and make our nation whole again"--

""One of our most influential progressive voices tells the story of the hollowing of the American middle class and lays out the choices that we must make now to ensure that the dream of prosperity can live on for generations." --Provided by the publisher"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Part 1: The economic royalists and the corporatist conspiracy. A rendezvous with destiny ; A corporate call to arms ; The crisis capitalists -- Part 2: Why we crashed. A middle-class primer ; Reagan kidnapped the Jetsons ; "Madness" -- Part 3: "Oppression, rebellion, reformation." A revolution denied ; The royalists strike back ; Betrayal on the High Court ; Masters of the universe -- Part 4: The great crash. This is the end -- Part 5: Out of the ashes. Organized people v. organized money ; Repair the fundamentals ; Green revolution ; Democratize the economy -- Epilogue: A letter to my great-grandchildren.
ISBN:
9780446584838
Format :
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Summary

The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before-including during the Great Depression and the Civil War-because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash.

The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play. In THE CRASH OF 2016, Thom Hartmann argues that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us.

The result is a "for the rich, by the rich" scheme leading to policies that only benefit the highest bidders. Hartmann outlines the destructive forces-planted by Lewis Powell in 1971 and come to fruition with the "Reagan Revolution"-that have looted our nation over the past decade, and how their actions fit into a cycle of American history that lets such forces rise to power every four generations.

However, a backlash is now palpable against the "economic royalists"-a term coined by FDR to describe those hoarding power and wealth-including the banksters, oligarchs, and politicians who have plunged our nation into economic chaos and social instability.

Although we are in the midst of what could become the most catastrophic economic crash in American History, a way forward is emerging, just as it did in the previous great crashes of the 1760s, 1856, and 1929. The choices we make now will redefine American culture. Before us stands a genuine opportunity to embrace the moral motive over the profit motive-and to rebuild the American economic model that once yielded great success.

Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, THE CRASH OF 2016 is not just a roadmap to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging us to act. Only if the right reforms are enacted and the moral choices are made, can we avert disaster and make our nation whole again.


Author Notes

Thom Hartmann is an internationally syndicated talk show host heard by over 2.75 million listeners each week and simulcast on television in more than 40 million homes. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight . And Talkers magazine named Thom Hartmann #9 on their "2013 Heavy Hundred" list.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The prolific author and talk-show host Hartmann (The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight) will always be a radioman at heart, and his latest book displays the influences of his preferred medium. Here, he argues that history is essentially circular-that after a severe period of turmoil and hardship "it takes about eighty years for those who remember to thoroughly die out"-the next great tragedy coming as a result of humankind collectively forgetting the lessons that could have prevented it. The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Great Depression all occurred according to schedule, and now America is due for another cataclysm, suggests Hartmann. This momentarily intriguing, but ultimately unconvincing model is buttressed by conspiracy theories accusing Goldman Sachs and other multinational financial institutions of orchestrating a global coup. Drawing readers in with purple prose and righteous indignation, Hartmann proposes populist remedies that seem unequal to the task of averting imminent catastrophe, suggesting that "all the money oil companies pay to lease and extract oil on public land could be distributed to all Americans equally," and proposing mechanisms for strengthening worker-owned cooperatives. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Canvas Moon Americap. xv
Who Stole the Back of the Moon?p. xvii
The Crashp. xviii
Just One of Us Ducksp. xx
Death by Banksterp. xxii
Death by Globalismp. xxv
The Taskp. xxvii
Part 1 The Economic Royalists and the Corporatist Conspiracy
Chapter 1 A Rendezvous with Destinyp. 3
The Great Forgettingp. 5
The Economic Royalistsp. 9
A Crash Starts a Nationp. 11
The Next Cycle: The Civil Warp. 14
FDR Wages War on the Royalistsp. 17
The Road to War: Yesterday and Todayp. 22
Warp. 24
Chapter 2 A Corporate Call to Armsp. 28
The Sixtiesp. 39
The Powell Memop. 34
On Campusp. 33
The GOP TV Memo and Roger Ailesp. 40
The Courts and the Capitolp. 42
Chapter 3 The Crisis Capitalistsp. 45
Killing Keynesp. 45
The Mont Pelerin Societyp. 48
Shock Troopersp. 50
A Global Shiftp. 53
The "Crisis" Comes to Americap. 54
Part 2 Why We Crashed
Chapter 4 A Middle-Class Primerp. 59
The Elusive Middle Classp. 62
Step 1 Progressive Taxationp. 64
Step 2 A Social Safety Netp. 66
Step 3 Protections for Working Peoplep. 69
Step 4 Rules in the Marketplacep. 70
Monopoly Endgamep. 72
Chapter 5 Reagan Kidnapped the Jetsonsp. 77
Tax Cuts of Mass Destructionp. 78
More Unequal than Romep. 81
The "Debt" Crisisp. 82
Shooting Santap. 83
Republican President Clintonp. 86
A Giant Sucking Soundp. 87
Chapter 6 "Madness"p. 92
The Evolution of Madnessp. 94
Monopolies Returnp. 96
Global Psychopathsp. 98
Bankster Psychopathsp. 104
Financializationp. 106
The 1920s All Over Againp. 109
Even Worse than Beforep. 112
Part 3 "Oppression, Rebellion, Reformation"
Chapter 7 A Revolution Deniedp. 117
Jefferson's Cycle of Revolutionsp. 118
A History of Revolutionp. 121
The Suicide Pactp. 123
Chapter 8 The Royalists Strike Backp. 126
A Tea Party Reimaginedp. 127
Meet the Kochsp. 130
The Rise of the Kochtopusp. 131
Fox News Gets in the Gamep. 135
Thwartedp. 140
Chapter 9 Betrayal on the High Courtp. 143
Roberts Takes the Casep. 145
The Road to Personhoodp. 148
Delphin Delmas v. Corporate Personhoodp. 151
The Roberts Court Rulesp. 154
Chapter 10 Masters of the Universep. 159
First, Greecep. 160
It Spreadsp. 164
Little Dictatorsp. 166
The ALEC Shadow Governmentp. 168
Democracy Defamedp. 173
Cancer Stagep. 175
Part 4 The Great Crash
Chapter 11 This Is the Endp. 179
Germany Finally Wins World War IIp. 181
Germany Goes Too Farp. 185
The Divergence and Warp. 189
The China Syndromep. 191
The Oil Shockp. 194
Military Misadventurep. 196
$1,200,000,000,000,000p. 199
Part 5 Out of the Ashes
Chapter 12 Organized People v. Organized Moneyp. 205
Move to Amendp. 207
Take On the Courtp. 212
The Court Takes the Powerp. 215
Depose the Kings!p. 217
Chapter 13 Repair the Fundamentalsp. 220
Medicare Part Ep. 220
Reclaim the Commonsp. 222
Cure Wall Street's Madnessp. 226
Reinvestp. 228
Card Checkp. 230
Printing Moneyp. 232
Jubileep. 234
No Billionaires!p. 235
Chapter 14 Green Revolutionp. 238
Decentralizationp. 240
The Tipping Pointp. 241
Stripping Oil of Its Strategic Valuep. 246
Tipping Point Reachedp. 250
Chapter 15 Democratize the Economyp. 254
The Silent Revolutionp. 255
The Dragon's Mountainp. 258
The Mercedes and the Labor Unionp. 260
The Seedsp. 262
Chapter 16 Epilogue-A Letter to My Great-Grandchildrenp. 267
About the Authorp. 273
Notesp. 274
Indexp. 284

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