The System

Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

hardcover, 224 pages

Published March 24, 2020 by Knopf.

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5 stars

I agree that the title and any praise for this book sounds like a tinfoil hat theory. But “the system” is clear to anyone paying attention. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains it concisely.

Right vs left is a red herring. Infighting keeps us occupied. Our true divide, accentuated during the pandemic, is the massive gap between the elite and everyone else. Reich writes, “Socialism for the rich, harsh capitalism for the rest.” The real feat we’ve managed is getting the poor and middle class to vote against themselves.

Reich explains how the outspoken wealthy (Dimon, Dalio, Steyer, Bloomberg, Schultz, Bezos, etc) display public concern for the country, but are the greatest beneficiaries of how it's set up—and actively fight to keep it that way. From an inhuman and ruthless perspective, why wouldn’t they? So reform will only ever come from a large number of concerned and active citizens. …

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