Review: Capitalism 101

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Leon A. Weinstein

4.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Story,December 30, 2011

I received this book as a gift, along with Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste: Barack Obama and the Evolution of American Socialism, and I have mixed feelings about both of them.

On the positive side, both books represent a growing body of citizens who understand that big government is very much alike to central government, and both are forms of fascism / socialism that are bad for the majority.

On the negative side, neither book seems to appreciate the fact that the Republican Party is every bit as corrupt as the Democratic Party.

Being already predisposed to agree with the author on the fundamentals, I found the book interesting but disconnected from a great deal of what I have been working on, including transparency, truth, and trust. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are corrupt; both have been busy borrowing a trillion dollars a year in our name while seeking to regulate our lives into misery.

There is a place for limited government, and a vital role: keeping business honest. Trust lowers the cost of doing business. The two-party tyranny has corrupted America, turned America into The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead.

The book is clearly a labor of love and a gift to us all. It does not have an index or references. I salute the author for taking the time to write and publish this book–Thomas Jefferson said “A Nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry,” and one can clearly find educated citizens reading this book and thinking about these challenges.

See also my reviews of the following:

Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It
Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny

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