Wonderful rhetorical rhythm.
First eight paragraphs, following each clause, “…, we…”
(“At a time when we need a government that is strong, capable, responsive, and responsible, WE’ve turned it into a punch line.”)
Yes, we did this to ourselves. We brought this expanding nightmare upon us all by ourselves. Oh, we were seduced, it’s true, but we elected these presidents and congresses. We have endured it from Reagan, right through each Republican and Democratic administration and Congress, with most of us not even realizing what was taking place. Even those who voted for Trump in desperation, hoping he would shake things up, had little idea what it was that had happened beyond their paycheck.
And, though I realize this article is from your new book: WTF, it’s the end of the subtitle that’s missing from this stirring article: “…and How to get it (our country; our democracy) back on track.”
Then you tease us in the article, again failing to provide your central idea:
“Ironically, the Oligarchy has showed us how. We need only emulate what they did in the name of greed and power, to restore a measure of dignity, decency, morality and wealth to each of us.”
The paragraph fails to identify just what it is you think the Oligarchy showed us that allowed them to wrest this nation and our democracy from the 99%. Are we now supposed to gerrymander voting districts, purchase local and national news outlets for the singular purpose of propagandizing the 99%, hire demigod talk radio personalities to light fires in the nation’s weakest minds, create a judicial system of right-wind judges and a Supreme Court to make corporations “people” so they can legally purchase Congress, fund Progressive think tanks to publish papers and take over tv talk shows?
Are we supposed to elect a congress that will actually represent the best interests of We, the People?
Just what is it the Oligarchs did that we should now do to take back our nation and democracy?
How do we get out of the hole we are in, where we are so easily propagandized? so easily seduced by Madison Avenue’s sex, misogyny, and lies?
No fair writing a promotion for your book pretending to be an article.
Just because of this, I will not purchase the book.
Sad. I usually like the thinking of John Atcheson.