The wealth inequality and environmental exploitation we have today did not happen by accident. They are the result of a patient libertarian/free-market activist campaign that began decades ago, stealthily funded and directed by wealthy capitalists. Jane Mayer outlines the entire endeavor in her 2016-2017 book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
I’m presently listening to the Dark Money audio version. I already knew about the Powell Memo, and am only too aware of the infamous Koch Brothers, but Mayer fleshes out the details of this horrible takeover of American democracy in remarkable detail. The full report is nearly overwhelming, and I feel furious.
…What were all these organizations and donors promoting, other than the election of Republican candidates to office? Free-market orthodoxy, to start with. “Market principles have changed my life,” Charles Koch declared in the 1990s, “and guide everything I do.” That seems as true in 2016 as it was when he said it. Closely related to free-market faith is the hatred of regulation, federal, state or local…
This ideology helps to explain one of the most important Koch crusades of recent years: the fight to prevent action against climate change. The Koch-sponsored advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has been at the forefront of climate-change opposition over the past decade…
As ferocious as they have been in defense of free-market ideas, the Koch brothers are also acting out of tangible self-interest, Mayer argues…
~ Alan Ehrenhalt
READ MORE: ‘Dark Money,’ by Jane Mayer | The New York Times
By the way, the Koch Brothers aren’t the only players in this dark saga.
I dare you to read Dark Money — and feel the fury. Do let me know what you think. Meanwhile, here is Thom Hartmann reading an excerpt from Chapter Eleven:
Seeing the Big Picture
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This book seems to be close to the one I’m reading (off an on). Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” by Nancy MacLean.
And yes, even the Introduction will get your blood hot and the first chapter will make it boil. Much of it I discovered in researching for my novel, but this book digs much further. Her research was very well done.
We look forward to your dark (?) novel.
Hmm, I hadn’t thought of the one I’m now writing as “dark,” but I suppose it could be viewed as such. My first was much more philosophical and challenging to the Christian/theocratic reader, so I’m sure they would consider that one “dark.” But thank you for the encouragement. 😀
I’m probably confused about your book, but I meant if political corruption were part of the plot, that would be the dark part.
Oh yes, political corruption is definitely in both my published novel and the one I’m writing. In, The Empathy Imperative, political corruption as well as a true account of the rise of the neoconservatives and their dark worldview are covered. In fact, I have to laugh (darkly) when I see that much of what I wrote as a projection to the future has and is actually happening.
The following excerpt is only a part of the full history and my projection into the future of what might occur if the pendulum of politics became inextricably entangled to the far right with corporate greed:
Max, your projection into the future reads like hindsight.
You might “enjoy” — which is not quite the right word — “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” as well. Soon after he published it, he got cancer. Coincidence, no doubt. Meanwhile, you might also check out my blog series about SHRUGS — Super Hyper REALLY Ultra Greedy Swindlers. I think it’s normal for most people to put their own interests first, but…SHRUGS would destroy the entire vast tree of life to save themselves the trouble of walking to the recycling bin. So far as I can tell, they feel little or no kinship to the rest of life or to humanity. https://petersironwood.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/peace-love-3-shrugging-off-the-shrugs/
Thanks for the book tip, John. I’ll look into SHRUGS, with morbid fascination.