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Re: Book Journal
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2020, 01:58:39 am »
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This book was a great read!

"For decades, politicians- Republicans and Democrats both- and pundits had all been spewing empty platitudes of praise for "the heartland", "real America", and "small-town values". Then, with shameless hypocrisy, they supported the very policies that helped destroy thriving small towns.
Corporate elites said they needed free trade agreements, so they got them. Manufacturers said they needed tax breaks and public-money incentives in order to keep their plants operating in the United States, so they got them. Banks and financiers needed looser regulations, so they got them. Employers said they needed weaker unions- or no unions at all- so they got them. Private equity firms said they needed carried interest and secrecy, so they got them. Everybody, including Lancastrians themselves, said they needed lower taxes, so they got them. What did Lancaster and a hundred other towns like it get? Job losses, slashed wages, poor civic leadership, social dysfunction, drugs".

^^ damn.

It's a great book. When inequality goes up, social mobility goes down. There's almost no country on earth where the American Dream is less likely to come true than in the USA. Anybody eager to work their way up from rags to riches is better off trying their luck in Sweden, where people born into poverty can still hold out hope of a brighter future. You have corporate lawyers in the USA earning $1200 an hour while the factory workers are earning $12 an hour while the lawyers are working out how to liquidate it!
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2020, 02:39:54 am »
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"We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn't be this way.

Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come".

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Re: Book Journal
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2020, 02:58:44 am »
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This book is basically about an Irishman who immigrated to the USA and joined the NYPD and his experiences being a cop.

He described felons as this:
"Felons are, in reality, non-persons in the USA. At best, from the moment the judge’s gavel falls until the day they die they are second class citizens, with none of the rights the rest of us take for granted, including grant aid, which is automatically denied to anyone convicted of a felony. That means if you do try to turn your back on crime, there will be no money for college or business start-ups and no place for you in public housing. Felons are not allowed to vote, and at anytime they can be stopped and questioned by members of law enforcement who have a reasonable suspicion they are up to no good. A felony conviction ends your life as you know it".

No wonder the USA has such high recidivism rates compared to other developed countries!!!

More insightful Review of the book:
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/nypd-green-by-luke-waters-review-an-irish-cop-s-lively-memoir-1.2241751

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