Nation on the Take

Nation on the Take

How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2016
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American democracy has become coin operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how they spend their time. The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap. It also defines our daily lives: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe. In this work of reportage, two vigilant watchdogs expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to the army of reformers laying the groundwork for change. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one--except some lobbyists and major political donors--likes business as usual, and this book intends to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy. An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, this book lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632861092
1632861097
Branch Call Number: 332.0973 POTTER
Characteristics: xi, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Penniman, Nick - Author

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pheasant44
Aug 16, 2016

a must read for any american interested in reforming our congress and getting big money out of congress. the Intro lays out the three parts, writing is accessible. part one is the best history on forces that shaped congress - it is well researched and irrefutable. part three argues that reform is achievable, it requires every voter's involvement. the best non fiction political/historical and socialogical book i have read in recent history.

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slang123
Jun 15, 2016

Absolutely everyone should read this book.

Spoiler alert: It will make you sick.

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jeffreyochsner
Apr 30, 2016

This is an important book, as it describes in detail how various industries (Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Oil, Big Chemicals, the health insurance industry, etc.) have used huge amounts of money to hijack our Congress, getting sweetheart deals for themselves and blocking legislation that would benefit the majority of Americans. It is worse than I thought, and I thought it was bad. The last part of the book describes possible solutions. I hope this book will help mobilize people to work on implementing those solutions. The survival of our democracy hangs in the balance.

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chasfred
Apr 10, 2016

Don't believe StarGladiator's comment. He pointedly neglects to mention that Potter blew up his career at Cigna to become a whistle-blower, revealing how the 'managed healthcare' industry transgresses human decency as their business as usual model. Those who see the light from within a corrupt structure are in the best position to become a powerful voice for reform. In this case he turns the same critical eye on our political structure. The terminal cynicism StarGladiator's comment embraces offers no hope or direction for transformation. Potter and Penniman's contribution may not be breaking new ground for him, but for others it could prove engaging and necessary.

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StarGladiator
Apr 01, 2016

[Per chasfred's incorrect comment: Oh bulltwacky! Perkins of Economic Hit Man and this CIGNA dude are both frauds, and they profited from it!]
I am woefully tired, and infinitely nauseated, at these Americans who have sold out and behaved in a diabolical and treasonous manner to their fellow Americans, and other citizens, then after they retire with a handsome pension after their rewards of handsome salaries over the years of unethical behavior with those unethical corporations, proceed to write books about it, and join the Center for Public Integrity, and the Center for Media and Democracy - - and these organizations should give everyone pause!
Potter got his retirement from Cigna, now he's safe to // tell all \\ - - to heck with him and his kind!
REALLY! This is nothing more than a double-dipping scam, he fooled the public numerous times at Cigna, and he's still doing at these phony stink tanks!

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slang123
Jun 15, 2016

"Our grand 240-year-old project of self-government has been derailed, replaced by a coin-operated system that mainly favors those who can pay to play."

"Influence" is now the third largest industry in D.C., behind government itself and tourism.

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