America the Oligarchy

In his new book, The System –– Who Rigged It and How We Fix It, Robert Reich meticulously lays out the facts supporting his assertion that the United States of America has become an oligarchy, or close to it. We’ve retained the trappings of a democracy, but the way things work is that the rich and powerful employ armies of lobbyists and finance politicians who carry out their self-serving greed-driven agendas.

Although neither Bernie Sanders nor Elizabeth Warren were able to become the Democratic presidential candidate, they were essentially right in their accusations that the system is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and the middle class. Biden would make a better president than Trump by an astronomically wide margin, and it will be a tragedy of an extreme dimension if he is not elected president, but it’s not clear whether, as president, he would initiate and succeed in bringing into being the fundamental reforms needed to convert the system into one that serves the people rather than the rich and the powerful.

to be continued tomorrow