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Aftershock by Robert B. Reich
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Sep 22, 10

bookshelves: current-events-politics, history
Read on September 22, 2010

The crux of Reich's argument is that the weakening of the middle class since 1980 has critically eroded both the economy and the social compact that has been the crucial support for American political and economic life. He carefully analyzes the causes of the problem and shows the dangerous direction unchecked, severe wealth inequality threatens to lead us. Even if you don't agree with Reich's politics, it is worth taking note when a respected former Secretary of the Treasury begins to sound such apocalyptic notes. His recommendations seem highly unlikely to be implemented in the current political climate, but really he seems to be implying that a significant worsening of our political and economic situation is inevitable, but that worsening may provide the necessary shift in the political environment.

Again, regardless of your political views, the problems Reich is proposing require attention and response. The book is well-argued, and while it is partisan, it isn't aggressively so. Highly recommended.
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