Hostile Takeover: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government- And How We Take It Back, by David Sirota This book is one of the important ones for conservatives, or even moderates, to read else one could not believe an intelligent and educated individual could believe this stuff. If I say far-left wacko, there are a half dozen of our colleagues that immediately leap to mind, and fit that description but here are their ideas, their words. Want some insight into the far-left? Read Sirotas book! 1. David Sirota begins with a two page rant as to how a plane flight was cancelled and he had to sleep on the floor, wait a considerable time for the next flight, the hardship that he, elderly passengers, a soldier, etc., etc had to contend with .and how evil corporations are responsible, and scam all of us!! Our government, which used to be in the business of protecting us, now sits by and allows us to be abused, or worse- actually helps the abusers! 2. Sirota then goes on to give some specific abuses such as: some fat cat is taking a cut of your paycheck, wage violations, your pension is stolen, credit card companies go after your life savings, and is allowed to charge the most disgusting forms of usury! The government allows business to destroy society, and the environment, sweatshops, doesnt demand better wages! Then, theres the end of the mom-and-pop stores, door-to-door salesmen, slick PR campaigns push corporate-written legislation . 3. The society in which we live is a Clockwork-Orange style system of brain-washing, where the supremacy of corporate cash buys politicians and corporate loop-holes. 4. A prime belief is that the economy is a zero-sum game, and the author hammers away at an imagined link between increased corporate profits and an increase in poverty. The former is true, the latter is not. He says the only people who get tax cuts are the super-wealthy. Really? How many times has this been promulgated in posts on the board? 5. The self-deluded have mechanisms such as the following: Worst of all, we get a flood of Orwellian messages from the Establishment that deny the existence of our very own beliefs. Almost every time you tune in to politics on TV, some know-it-all is claiming the solution that polls show the public widely supports are actually considered out of the mainstream. And the free market means we must have fewer regulaitions that protect citizens rights, less taxation of the rich, and no mandates on business to fulfill andy social responsibilities other than increasing corporations bottom line. 6. For those who see business as not only separate from, but antagonistic to, the lives of Americans, this book will be a heart-warming validation of every conspiracy theory and rationalization for every failure in your life. Enjoy, Lefties!