Book Review: Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All

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Many questions torment America in the dark night of its soul, but its seems Corporate CEO pay emerges as one of this year’s hottest trending issues. At the midway point to the next election, this and other hotly contested issues  are shackled and tackled in Professor Peter Mathews’ must-read new bookDollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All.


Despite the country’s dire state of affairs, Mathews remains optimistic, and closes the opus with some viable plan for the people to reclaim the American Dream. The literary equivalent of a one-man million-man march for equality and justice for every U.S. citizen.” Review by Kam Williams, Syndicated columnist

Read this book about Corporations and their pampered and panderingpolitical offspring.  Act Accordingly. Our country is in the midst of an uncivil war between the alarmingly powerful, determined to destroy the middle class and the intentionally left behind.

Professor  Peter Mathews’ book  serves as a counterpoint to those who luxuriate in denying the reality of America’s  rapidly changing social landscape. We are dangerously close to cementing a permanent American catastrophe. Mathews  boldly and unapologetically asks questions and gives solutions that the media/propaganda machine purposefully ignore. He  closes the tome with a checklist of high crimes and misdemeanors and an urgent call to conscience and about what needs to be done next.

Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war. This book is written as a primer for people of all ages and all classes who want answers.

Professor Mathews speaks in a voice that resounds with clarity and conviction as he examines the direct and intentional outcome of  separate policies that were advocated, starting with the Reagan administration, to intentionally deceive and destroy the middle class.  In a full frontal attack by the corporate manipulators  Mathews  details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost.  Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize-monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land.  Quite a bargain at any price. People want answers, but our compromised leaders can’t provide them because bold actions carry too much political risk.  Meanwhile the corporations are booming and running roughshod over us. They are operating in their own time and space continuum that is increasingly supranational – disconnected from local concerns and their home markets.

Mathews reveals that there are fat corporate balance sheets ready to create jobs and prosperity – just not in America.  While corporations feign heartfelt pledges of allegiance to the U.S., they still must depend on the government to protect intellectual property and keep waterways safe so they can deliver their made-in-China supplies to us.  This formidable book brings to light of day important new information regarding how the Corporate manipulators are destroying our country.

       Dollar Democracy is a riveting read, the text, defiantly disturbing. Mathews’ writing style passionately grounded in integrity and reality. The conclusions of his detective work fit together like sword and scabbard. He gives his reader so much juicy information, a veritable tsunami of corporate skullduggery. He doesn’t mince words and he doesn’t hold back when identifying the cauldrons of chaos they have created. He exposes these and others among the secret corporate power elite as the coolly vicious orchestrators of wars and grand-scale theft. Mathews  also details the mind-boggling sums of money their CEO’s reap from the proceeds of their crony capitalism. And what’s interesting is that the fortunes of corporations are totally delinked from the fortunes of the rest of the world. The 2008 financial crisis devastated hundreds of millions of people, but the following year Wall Street revenue hit US$60 billion, a historic high, thanks in large part to the massive injection of public money they received. Average wages in developed countries have dropped since the crisis, but the median pay for CEOs in the US now exceeds $10 million. A CEO now makes about 357 times more than the average worker’s salary in the U.S., up from 181 times in 2009 and 40 times in 1980.  The divide between the have-nots and have-yachts  is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent capture about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

Crony politicians have made decisions that led to outsourcing good middle class jobs, dismantling our public education system kindergarten through college and university; deteriorating  health care that leaves Americans in danger, sick and broke; the destroying of our environment and lives; the polluting of our food through deregulation of big agribusiness, pesticide use and the proliferation of Genetically Modified (GMO) foods; the crash of Wall Street and the Great Recession from which the bottom 99% of Americans have not yet recovered; while the super wealthy are doing better than ever.

Mind-blowing from the beginning, Mathews’ book takes an even more astounding contemporary turn when he declares their efforts over the past thirty years have succeeded. The middle class democracy that made America great is in seemingly irreversible decline. Mathews clearly shows how the Corporations and their crony politicians  have hoodwinked America by separating speech and thought.

But wait, Mathew is a political pugilist, ready to lob a whole arsenal of answers on how we can reverse these trends and return middle-class democracy. He proposes comprehensive, bold, visionary solutions to restore America’s formidable democracy and make this country great again.

Can the truth change the course of history? If the truth can heal, then this book is a prescription for accountability. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that following our constitution must be mandatory for the pursuit of good government and that our once vibrant and powerful democracy is not for sale to the highest bidder and the too-clever-for-word machinations of the Corporate Pollution Politics.

Dollar Democracy is really a blueprint for Americans that have had enough. And that means 99% of us.

 


LBCC Philosophy Club presents Dollar Democracy with Peter Mathews

Based on his book, ” DOLLAR DEMOCRACY: WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR SOME; HOW TO RECLAIM THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR ALL, radio/TV Political Analyst and Professor of Political Science and Sociology Peter Mathews, holds a talk and town hall at Long Beach City College, sponsored by the Philosophy Club and Students for Equal Education.

Vigorous audience participation resulted over many of the topics covered: the American Dream and the “good society”; Corporate Personhood and the Buying of American Elections; Voter Alienation and Low Turnout; the Dismantling of California’s Tuition Free World Class Public Higher Education; the Huge Student Debt Burden; the Defunding of Public Investment through Corporate Tax Loopholes; the Reversal of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Concept of the Common Good (“General Welfare”) by Ronald Reagan and the “Supply Side” Economists; Industrial Policy As Practiced by Germany and Other Countries that Sustains a Strong Economy and Strong Middle Class; the Effects of Private Money in American Politics Resulting in Inadequate Health Care, Education, Food Safety (GMOs, Pesticides) Environmental Sustainability, Clean Water, Air, and Soil; the 2008 Wall Street Crisis and the Great Recession and its Devastating Effects on the American Middle Class and Poor; the Huge and Rising Gap between Rich and Poor; Social Mobility in the U.S. Versus Britain and Sweden; and Solutions to These Fundamental Crises: Senator Paul Wellstone’s Example, Clean Money Elections as Pioneered in Maine and Arizona, and a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that Would Declare that Corporations Are Not Natural Persons With Natural Rights and that Money Is Not Speech. Professor Mathews explains how these reforms would move us from a “Dollar Democracy” to a “Real and Deep Democracy”.

Continuing with Questions and Answers:

Head On! radio show with David Cruz and Peter Mathews – 141004

KEIB AM 1150 and iHeart radio with host David Cruz of the HEAD-ON radio program: October 4, 2014: Peter Mathews’ segment “Money and Politics”. Topics include:

  • Voters sour on Congress and the country’s direction
  • Job growth rebounds while wages lag
  • databases show doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical industries have financial ties
  • ::Financial Ties between doctors and big pharma seem ‘Conflict of Interest’
  • Health Insurance Industry spending millions to beat pro-consumer measures (in California)
  • Mortgage case strikes back against fraudulent lenders, including a Wells Fargo owned company
  • Conservative Economist tries to ‘wish away’ Income Inequality
  • Germany moves to Tuition Free education modeled after former California Pat Brown’s Master Plan for Higher Education.
  • The State of Tennessee is only U.S. state with similar Tuition Free Higher Education.
  • Ebola virus has already come to the U.S. with several outbreaks, including a Texas man. U.S. Department of Health officials and the nation’s hospitals appear woefully under-prepared and ignorant of the potential pandemic despite warnings.

A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE MENTIONED TOPICS IN INDIVIDUAL LINKS MAY BE FOUND BELOW

MSN – Poll: Voters sour on Congress and the country’s direction. Democrats could lose the Senate majority. Lower voter turnout expected.

Online Wall Street Journal – Job growth rebounds while wages lag.

LA Times – Health Care Costs: Database show that doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals have financial ties. Shows conflict of interest.

New York Times – Financial: Ties Between Doctors and Hospitals are Detailed

LA Times – Database shows $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

LA Times – Health Care Costs: Health insurance industry spending millions to beat pro-consumer measures

LA Times – Economy: Mortgage case strikes back against fraudulent lenders

LA Times – Economy: Conservative economist tries to wish away income inequality.

ThinkProgress.org – Cost of Education: Germany moves to Tuition Free education.

KPFK Standing Up for Social and Economic Justice with Peter Mathews, ep2

KPFK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING | Riveting conversations with call in listeners and supporters of KPFK. Some of the topics discussed include: the unfair plight of adjunct (part-time) college instructors and professors; need for a living wage and increased minimum wage, environmental injustice; educational injustice K-12 through college and university; destruction of our food, water, air, and soil through the use of dangerous pesticides and GMOs, fracking, and underregulated and unregulated fossil fuel emissions; the outsourcing of middle class jobs by big corporations while they receive corporate welfare through tax loopholes and taxpayer subsidies from politicians in our government– the very same politicians whose campaigns are funded by big corporations, their owners and their lobbyists; and how to fix this through the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Clean Money, publicly funded elections!

Listener Supported KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest

Standing Up for Social Justice program credits:
Host: Peter Mathews
Producer: Alan Minsky
Co-Producer: Brett Covey
Audio Engineer: Gianna d’Angelo
Visuals Editor: Brett Covey