Beyond Outrage

Beyond Outrage

What Has Gone Wrong With Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix Them

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In this eBook exclusive, Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation's increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy. Americans can't rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture. Reich connects the dots for us, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, while undermining our democracy; has caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and has turned many Americans against one another. He also explains why the proposals of the "regressive right" are dead wrong and provides a clear road map for what must be done instead. Here is a blueprint for action for everyone who cares about the future of America.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012
ISBN: 9780307961822
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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voisjoe1 Jan 07, 2013

“Beyond Outrage,” by Robert Reich, prize winning economist, has written short book starts by describing the economic and political inequalities of our American society, follows with a history of the rise of the regressive right during the last few decades and then lists a few prescriptions for decreasing the inequalities. He points out that the 1% are in control of a rigged game where they make huge profits no matter whether their enterprises make money or go bankrupt, and in those cases where the enterprises go bankrupt, the 99% are the only losers. He indicates that they are allowed to do this because of the right’s successful “southern strategy” and their successful incantations of Social Darwinism. Some of Reich’s proposals have already been implemented in the last few years, improved equality through the Affordable Care Act and the return to the Clinton era tax rates for the top 1.5% of the population. But there is a long way to go, but Reich is hesitatingly optimistic, that a majority of the 99% can force more changes in terms of such items like refinancing of mortgages that are underwater and a small surcharge tax on stock transactions.

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