Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
-by Robert Kuttner, pub. April, 2018, pp. 309
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What I learned from this book
This book is a phenomenal examination of the myriad “ingredients” combining over decades to endanger democracy as we know it. They run the gamut, from social to cultural to, of course, political. More importantly, as Kuttner explains in graphic detail, we must never forget the economic reasons that have consistently “stirred the pot”; both at home in the U.S. and in democracies abroad.
It was nice to see the author lay out the “global plan” that began decades ago – but now poses the gravest threat since the World War II era. This was never something could have happened overnight. The author drives home that if we don’t pay close attention to how and why this is happening – and demand change – there is no limit to where this could lead us as an international community.
What I liked about this book
I liked the way that the author “spread the blame fairly” in this work. It would have been quite easy for him to pick a side and push the agenda. However, he took a 360-degree view of the situation, applied factual evidence and real-world events, and made sure he pointed out the: who, what, when, where, why and how of it all took and continues to takes place. I really enjoyed his reader-friendly writing style and attention to detail.
What I disliked about this book
Nothing. In fact, because of its authenticity, I am proud to say that I am of the opinion that there are no major flaws in this book. It is right on the money and written at the perfect time.
Whom would I recommend to read this book
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the truth as to how and why our democracy became under siege. Like it or not, it definitely matters to us all, because no matter whether you consider yourself a globalist or a nativist, we all will live with the consequences of our choices on every level. Hindsight, per norm, will make it easy to glance back to, or, “armchair quarterback” what we should have done better in 2018. But the fact of the matter is those of us elected to leadership positions – who, by the way, took an oath to protect us all – seem to be the ones who are currently most comfortable with sitting back, enjoying their vacations, and just seeing where the show lets us out. Sure, it’s an easy way to deal with it, but this may be the precise reason why our democracy ultimately fails after 240-plus years.