Saving Capitalism

  • by Robert B. Reich
  • Narrated by Robert B. Reich
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Saving Capitalism, Robert Reich reveals the entrenched cycles of power and influence that have damaged American capitalism, perpetuating a new oligarchy in which the 1 percent get ever richer and the rest - middle and working class alike - lose ever more economic agency, making for the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity since World War II. In brilliantly provocative detail, he shows how our misguided veneration of the "free market" has led us here and offers an empowering call to civic action as well as specific ideas for reform. A former White House advisor, talk show fixture, lecturer, and essayist and the star of last year's acclaimed documentary Inequality for All, Robert Reich is a beloved ambassador of progressive economics and a voice of reason in a media climate of fear mongering and finger pointing.

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Some good and some misguided

I found this book thought provoking and at times very disturbing.

I agree with the author that concentrated wealth has the ability to "buy" political power and influence. My solution is to allow each candidate for office to spend a set amount. No big war chests. I would also outlaw or severally curtail lobbyists.

The author's idea that we should pay everyone a stipend is disgusting. My question would be "Where is the personal responsibility in his idea?" Work is good for us. It gives us a sense of purpose. It feeds our pride and self respect. It would be tragic to take that away from people.
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- Conoco Glenn Mencer

A riveting economics book! Mind. Blown.

Normally, I'm not especially interested in economics. But I was fascinated with Robert Reich's explanation of how the middle class’s buying power and political influence have been transferred to the hands of the wealthiest with the full complicity of politicians on both sides of the spectrum.

I am certain RR is right when he suggests that if more of us understood what is actually happening, we’d cease the right vs. left debate --which miss the point-- and focus on how the world economy’s gone out of whack and on how to accommodate the new realities caused by the relocation of manufacturing jobs and the ability of successful tech companies to make crazy money with relatively few employees.

I also believe he’s right in suggesting those of us in what remains of the middle class are not lazy or useless, as we may have started to believe. In fact, we’re more productive than our parents were. We are just being paid less than our parents, counter-intuitively. The wealth we help generate is no longer being shared with us in an equitable manner. An ever-increasing share is redirected to the new aristocracy.

Do yourself and your kids a favour and read this book. You’ll be shocked at what you’ll learn but glad you did.
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- Nothing really matters "Rob Thomas"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books