Greedy Bastards

  • by Dylan Ratigan
  • Narrated by Dylan Ratigan
  • 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.
This country, now more than ever, needs passionate debate and smart policy, a brazen willingness to scrap what doesn’t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does. Ratigan has compiled brash and fresh solutions for building a new and better America, and with this book he has started the debate America deserves. With you, he wants to take back the country from the six vampires sucking this nation dry:

A political system in which lobbyists write legislation, lawmakers place “secret holds” to create more pork for their districts, and money drives the whole process
A banking system that uses capital for speculation and debt creation, rather than productive investment
A “master-slave” relationship with our Chinese bankers, making our corporations and politicians complicit in a system that rigs our currency and leaves us with permanent joblessness and massive trade deficits
A health care system that is among the priciest and least sustainable in the industrialized world
An educational system that prizes prestige but produces mediocrity
An addiction to foreign oil that has sapped us of our willingness to innovate, made us reliant on inefficient technologies, and left us supportive of corrupt governments
To combat these vampires and to isolate the systematic ways in which our once productive industries and our government have been breached, Ratigan does not offer a grab bag of flimsy suggestions or useless hot air. Instead he provides listeners with a set of values that together form the answer for how each of us can not only understand what has gone wrong—but join together to make it right.


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Like Rattigan, Full Of Drama, Not Much Substance

I was interested to read this when I heard Rattigan speaking at the Commonwealth Club where he sounded intelligent and hit all the right notes. Now, I feel manipulated and want my money back.

Rattigan is just another media talking head massaging the demographics right to draw a crowd and sell books, especially the young and gullible. I should know better, so I suppose I fall into the gullible side of that.

When I saw him making the talk show circuit holding up this giant idiotic looking LED lightbulb the size and shape of an alien mothership as an example of how American ingenuity was going to storm the world I knew this was another nonsensical scam.

I'll make my own prediction, and it is open ended. Until each and every one of us, Americans, stops spending on money on cheap trinkets from China and cheap ideas that our media sells to us, and all of us start to be "from Missouri", ie. PROVE IT, and stop willingly handing over our money AND VOTES, AND EARS/EYES to the greedy bastards in our country nothing is going to change.

Rattigan in some of his talks has shown that he knows how to educate. He made some very good analogies, and distributed some very good information, but it takes more than just one guy that is good at one thing to get something done in a massive way, and here is where the American people fail. We think it is just the political left that failed because we're told that to do anything as "Americans", for all of us together, is to be socialistic, but it is all of us who are paddling down the drain while singing our disparate songs as we sink lower while the 1% are socialistic for each other! Ah, the irony. Is anyone loud enough to be in Dylan Rattigans place also enough of a sore thumb to be admitted to the 1% … it's a great defense mechanism.

If Rattigan would care to write a textbook I might read it, because he has a good knack for explaining things and making them interesting, but he is nothing but a guy trying to write a book to make money so he can continue to make books, in other words that puts him in the category with all the other blabbermouth time-wasters.

Hell, maybe the country doesn't need saving. I'm not doing badly, what do I care if all the rest of Americans jump from one lame idea to the next forever, me and mine will get along. But I do look for more in life and country, but nothing is really going to come from books like these, or whatever is the next style that publishers figure out will appeal to people … maybe resignation … which we already hear in the wings with ideas like, "don't worry about your privacy, you never had any to begin with". Maybe that will be the next emotional tone the media cretins will market us with. Well, I won't be buying.

Skip this book, skip this genre, go talk to your neighbors and convince then all to unhook from their cable and start writing their own websites and wising up by teaching each other basic skills in something useful. Above all remember that all of us are human beings and all of us have a right to some fraction of the Earth's bounty, and the 1% are all of those people who have cornered resources and make everyone else work for them to get what should morally be theirs to begin with - it's just too complicated so ya cannot write it up on a speadsheet, balance it, and prove it in their courts.
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- BruceK

Very eye opening and engaging!

Would you consider the audio edition of Greedy Bastards to be better than the print version?

Yes! I love being able to hear the actual author of the book narrate it! It makes it so much easier because I just don't have as much time to actually read the book in the time frame I want. In some ways it is easier to grasp and retain to memory than actually reading the book. If you are one who learns by listening then I highly recommend the audio version of this book!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The eye opening statements and explanations of how bankers have rigged and cheated the system at the taxpayers expense! It is wonderfully explained in lay mans terms so that anyone can grasp what happened during the financial collapse of 2008. It also offers solutions to the ongoing problem that has yet to be halted by the banks and wall street.

What does Dylan Ratigan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narrative is engaging and he brings as much passion in his narration as he does when you see him on TV explaining things and or talking with a guest on his show!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry that we still have yet to arrest, indict and convict the Gangsters of the banks who cheated and stole from people that lead to the financial collapse in 2008. Nothing has been done to date and they are still practicing the same old policies and strategies and shennanigans to make fast money off the taxpayers and poor dumb asses buying their bad loans through pension investments. They have unlimited capital through our government! Some one needs to put an end to this and as Dylan Ratigan says in his book put the Vici code back into the system and bring innovation back. We have killed innovation in this country through unscrupulous and greedy practices via these banks and wall street brokers. We should all demand justice and this has been swept under the rug and made to appear like it isn't as bad as it is by printing more money through the fed!

Any additional comments?

If we don't implement sound solutions now and cut off the big banks from unlimited capital through our government then we are going to end up with something much worse than the 2008 collapse. In addition we have allowed these banks to hold us hostage and create the rise in commodities such as gas/food to levels that are insane! Dylan and others give some very good solutions and I for one want to see some of these solutions implemented.

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- Cathy "49 year old mother of two grown kids. Texas born and bred."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio