Thom Hartmann speaking at Powell's Books on 'The Crash of 2016'
KBOO is happy to be able to air the talk in its entirety.
About the book (from the publisher):
The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play. In The Crash of 2016, Thom Hartmann argues that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us.
The result is a "for the rich, by the rich" scheme leading to policies that only benefit the highest bidders. Hartmann outlines the destructive forces — planted by Lewis Powell in 1971 and come to fruition with the "Reagan Revolution" — that have looted our nation over the past decade, and how their actions fit into a cycle of American history that lets such forces rise to power every four generations.
However, a backlash is now palpable against the "economic royalists" — a term coined by FDR to describe those hoarding power and wealth — including the banksters, oligarchs, and politicians who have plunged our nation into economic chaos and social instability.