Brett Williams's Reviews > Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy

Crimes Against Nature by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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it was amazing

Costs of ignorance

RFK lists the names, corporations and how many millions changed hands to get laws written by lobbyists from the very companies Congress is meant to regulate. Masters of spin, these corporate-congress lawmakers title their initiatives to suit the media and opposition, such as the “Clean Skies Program” (to relieve toxic emission standards), the “Healthy Forest Initiative” (to clear cut old growth forests), or “Wise Use” resources (land use polices to reward political contributions). RFK lists operatives hired from oil, gas and coal appointed to control EPA, Interior, the Forest Service and any organization once meant to insure the health and future of our landscape. (Claims can be verified outside the text.) Instead all is to be razed as quickly as possible before the next administration, which might not be so reckless. RFK reports how opposition has been silenced, transferred, their offices ransacked and forced to acquiesce or else. Nixon-like break-ins, once riveting the nation, aren’t noticed as our media, now owned by corporate giants (NBC/GE, ABC/Disney, CBS/previously Westinghouse) resist reporting anything implicating their paymasters. Instead, citizens pay for it though elevations in mercury, arsenic, higher asthma rates and loss of streams, landscapes and forests. One wonders about fundamental differences between the Bush/Cheney plutocracy and that of totalitarian Communist China. By comparison, sleaze of the Clinton Administration now seems innocent.

The loathing our Bush/Cheney Administration and its corporate powers have for law, the Constitution, or a future beyond foreseeable profits is extraordinary. One leaves this book realizing that just such corruption is as old as time, repeated on so many occasions throughout history as to be passé, but few if any have done it so well as Cheney and Bush. Perhaps these two will be remembered for something after all.
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May 25, 2008 – Finished Reading
March 10, 2016 – Shelved

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