Every American citizen ought to have the right to vote and everybody ought to have the right to clean air and clean water, to integrity and transparency in the marketplace, and to a functioning democracy.
Excellent article, WagonMaster. Palast's book is on my "get" list.
Another real good read is Crystia Freeland's new book, "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."
It's full of good stories of the uber-rich and how they live, along with a few solutions.
I have said for decades that the right and the corporate interest need to quit wrapping themselves in the flag and religion. Shipping American jobs over seas for a percentage is hardly patriotic, and they are least "Christian" bunch of assholes I have ever seen. Let them wrap themselves in the dollar bill - that will show their true colors.
Excellent article! Robert F. Kennedy Jr. nails it and Greg Palast is one of the best of a dying breed of journalists. As a side note: I watched "Ethel" on HBO recently. A great documentary about her life and marriage to RFK. Thanks for posting this, WagonMaster.
"America, the world's proud template for democracy and a robust middle class, is now listing toward oligarchy and corporate kleptocracy."
"America today is looking more and more like a colonial economy, with a system increasingly tilted toward enriching the wealthy 1 percent and serving the mercantile needs of multinational corporations with little allegiance to our country."
"These radical forces already dominate the national press, with Fox News and talk radio snugly in the pocket of the corporate Right."
"This is the first time in American history that corporate and media interests have been so clearly and so perilously aligned."