Requiem for the American Dream

Requiem for the American Dream

The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

Book - 2017 | A Seven Stories Press First edition
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In his first major book on the subject of income inequality, Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts an eye on the economic facts of life. What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today? They're simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, attack the solidarity of the people, let special interests run the regulators, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, manufacture consent, marginalize the population. In Requiem for the American Dream, Chomsky devotes a chapter to each of these ten principles, and adds readings from some of the core texts that have influenced his thinking to bolster his argument. Chomsky and his editors, the filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, spent countless hours together over the course of five years, from 2011 to 2016. After the release of the film version, Chomsky and the editors returned to the many hours of tape and transcript and created a document that included three times as much text as was used in the film.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2017]
Edition: A Seven Stories Press First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781609807368
Branch Call Number: 327.73 CHO 2017
Characteristics: xv, 172 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm


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Aug 08, 2017

The thing I like about Chomsky (besides his ability to combine observations with empirical evidence) is his straight forward writing style, as the majority of poli-sci writing tends to be super dry. I also like that he is cognizant of the hypocrisy and hubris that is deeply woven throughout American history and the notion of the American Dream. That's because the suffering of millions of indigenous people and people of color -as a result of the American experience- is something that is often blithely and conveniently overlooked in a lot of American political discourse.

For anyone wanting to really know how and why American corporate interests seem to exert so much detrimental influence on American public policy (and by proxy the American people), this is a good place to start.

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