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Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry | [Dylan Ratigan]

Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.
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Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

This country, now more than ever, needs passionate debate and smart policy, a brazen willingness to scrap what doesn’t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does. Ratigan has compiled brash and fresh solutions for building a new and better America, and with this book he has started the debate America deserves. With you, he wants to take back the country from the six vampires sucking this nation dry:

  • A political system in which lobbyists write legislation, lawmakers place “secret holds” to create more pork for their districts, and money drives the whole process
  • A banking system that uses capital for speculation and debt creation, rather than productive investment
  • A “master-slave” relationship with our Chinese bankers, making our corporations and politicians complicit in a system that rigs our currency and leaves us with permanent joblessness and massive trade deficits
  • A health care system that is among the priciest and least sustainable in the industrialized world
  • An educational system that prizes prestige but produces mediocrity
  • An addiction to foreign oil that has sapped us of our willingness to innovate, made us reliant on inefficient technologies, and left us supportive of corrupt governments

To combat these vampires and to isolate the systematic ways in which our once productive industries and our government have been breached, Ratigan does not offer a grab bag of flimsy suggestions or useless hot air. Instead he provides listeners with a set of values that together form the answer for how each of us can not only understand what has gone wrong—but join together to make it right.

©2012 Dylan Ratigan (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Cathy SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 04-03-12
    Cathy SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 04-03-12

    49 year old mother of two grown kids. Texas born and bred.

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    "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Greedy Bastards to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I love being able to hear the actual author of the book narrate it! It makes it so much easier because I just don't have as much time to actually read the book in the time frame I want. In some ways it is easier to grasp and retain to memory than actually reading the book. If you are one who learns by listening then I highly recommend the audio version of this book!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The eye opening statements and explanations of how bankers have rigged and cheated the system at the taxpayers expense! It is wonderfully explained in lay mans terms so that anyone can grasp what happened during the financial collapse of 2008. It also offers solutions to the ongoing problem that has yet to be halted by the banks and wall street.


    What does Dylan Ratigan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrative is engaging and he brings as much passion in his narration as he does when you see him on TV explaining things and or talking with a guest on his show!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me angry that we still have yet to arrest, indict and convict the Gangsters of the banks who cheated and stole from people that lead to the financial collapse in 2008. Nothing has been done to date and they are still practicing the same old policies and strategies and shennanigans to make fast money off the taxpayers and poor dumb asses buying their bad loans through pension investments. They have unlimited capital through our government! Some one needs to put an end to this and as Dylan Ratigan says in his book put the Vici code back into the system and bring innovation back. We have killed innovation in this country through unscrupulous and greedy practices via these banks and wall street brokers. We should all demand justice and this has been swept under the rug and made to appear like it isn't as bad as it is by printing more money through the fed!


    Any additional comments?

    If we don't implement sound solutions now and cut off the big banks from unlimited capital through our government then we are going to end up with something much worse than the 2008 collapse. In addition we have allowed these banks to hold us hostage and create the rise in commodities such as gas/food to levels that are insane! Dylan and others give some very good solutions and I for one want to see some of these solutions implemented.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 05-22-12
    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 05-22-12 Member Since 2002

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    This well researched material explains beautifully the myriad problems leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown. I have read other books on the subject but this one brought it all together such that I had an "aha" experience. It appears that "socialism" is a dirty word in the U.S. but it seems to me that a little more social conscience on the part of corporations would do the country and the world a great deal of good. The meltdown has caused global suffering and Dylan Ratigan is to be commended for his attempt to show how the problems can be tackled and the U.S. returned to fiscal and moral health.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 05-04-12
    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 05-04-12 Listener Since 2009

    I read a lot and on most any subject!

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    "Nice Read"

    Ratigan gets most of it right and says things my much less educated gradfather said and predicted in the early 80s.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Tomball, TX, United States 02-14-12
    Gregory Tomball, TX, United States 02-14-12
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    Where does Greedy Bastards rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Has to be very near the top.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The information is organized in a logical sequence that allows you to readily absorb and comprehend the history behind the author's treatise.


    What does Dylan Ratigan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection and emphasis on key points.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Defining


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Hinck 02-13-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "This book tells it how it is."
    What did you love best about Greedy Bastards?

    Greedy Bastards is very informative and appears to have a lot research behind it. If you want know the truth this is the book for you.


    What about Dylan Ratigan’s performance did you like?

    I like Dylan's up front style holding the listeners interest with facts and commentary. He tells how the,


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    You learn something from each section of this book as an example the advantages of early childhood education and Warren Buffett's foundation research in the area. He point out how the field of education is being exploited by the,


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that will reward the reader/listener with a better understanding of reality as it is today and the possibility to change the direction we are headed. Both problems and solutions are presented.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ellanora Titusville, FL, United States 02-10-12
    Ellanora Titusville, FL, United States 02-10-12
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    My husband asked me to download this book for him. He had never watched Dylan Ratigan's show on TV but heard him on another program and the book was discussed. My husband is very interested in the inner workings of the government, from when it was formed to present, so this was a good choice. He enjoyed the book tremendously, both the story and narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON, United States 01-30-12
    M LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON, United States 01-30-12
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    "Good overview, great pace, relevant topics"
    Would you listen to Greedy Bastards again? Why?

    Yes. Informative, focused, and relevant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Greedy Bastards?

    Susie Buffett's information about early brain development and the implications for education.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Ratigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to listen in one sitting; it's a great audio book while you are doing other activities. Timely information.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-18-12
    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe better as a "read" than a "listen""

    Maybe I already had a headache...but even if Ratigan's voice wasn't the cause, it surely hasn't helped. The material is great though, so maybe I'll finish listening later with a glass of wine...when the grate of his punching of syllables won't make my ears bleed.

    Other than that, I'd give the book itself a big thumbs up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BruceK Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-19-12
    BruceK Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Like Rattigan, Full Of Drama, Not Much Substance"

    I was interested to read this when I heard Rattigan speaking at the Commonwealth Club where he sounded intelligent and hit all the right notes. Now, I feel manipulated and want my money back.

    Rattigan is just another media talking head massaging the demographics right to draw a crowd and sell books, especially the young and gullible. I should know better, so I suppose I fall into the gullible side of that.

    When I saw him making the talk show circuit holding up this giant idiotic looking LED lightbulb the size and shape of an alien mothership as an example of how American ingenuity was going to storm the world I knew this was another nonsensical scam.

    I'll make my own prediction, and it is open ended. Until each and every one of us, Americans, stops spending on money on cheap trinkets from China and cheap ideas that our media sells to us, and all of us start to be "from Missouri", ie. PROVE IT, and stop willingly handing over our money AND VOTES, AND EARS/EYES to the greedy bastards in our country nothing is going to change.

    Rattigan in some of his talks has shown that he knows how to educate. He made some very good analogies, and distributed some very good information, but it takes more than just one guy that is good at one thing to get something done in a massive way, and here is where the American people fail. We think it is just the political left that failed because we're told that to do anything as "Americans", for all of us together, is to be socialistic, but it is all of us who are paddling down the drain while singing our disparate songs as we sink lower while the 1% are socialistic for each other! Ah, the irony. Is anyone loud enough to be in Dylan Rattigans place also enough of a sore thumb to be admitted to the 1% … it's a great defense mechanism.

    If Rattigan would care to write a textbook I might read it, because he has a good knack for explaining things and making them interesting, but he is nothing but a guy trying to write a book to make money so he can continue to make books, in other words that puts him in the category with all the other blabbermouth time-wasters.

    Hell, maybe the country doesn't need saving. I'm not doing badly, what do I care if all the rest of Americans jump from one lame idea to the next forever, me and mine will get along. But I do look for more in life and country, but nothing is really going to come from books like these, or whatever is the next style that publishers figure out will appeal to people … maybe resignation … which we already hear in the wings with ideas like, "don't worry about your privacy, you never had any to begin with". Maybe that will be the next emotional tone the media cretins will market us with. Well, I won't be buying.

    Skip this book, skip this genre, go talk to your neighbors and convince then all to unhook from their cable and start writing their own websites and wising up by teaching each other basic skills in something useful. Above all remember that all of us are human beings and all of us have a right to some fraction of the Earth's bounty, and the 1% are all of those people who have cornered resources and make everyone else work for them to get what should morally be theirs to begin with - it's just too complicated so ya cannot write it up on a speadsheet, balance it, and prove it in their courts.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Monument, CO, USA 01-31-13
    Kim Monument, CO, USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2003
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    "The best book yet"
    If you could sum up Greedy Bastards in three words, what would they be?

    HonestSensibleSolutions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Author. He has a real grip on just who, what, why and how the Greedy Bastardsgot a hold on America and the best is he actually has very reasonable solutions to cut themoff at the knees.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of it!!


    If you could give Greedy Bastards a new subtitle, what would it be?

    No conspiracy, just Greedy Bastards!


    Any additional comments?

    For a change this book doesn't follow the same arguments and tired solutions but rather the author addresses the real issues in a easy to understand and enjoyable book. The author is the narrator and he did a grand job of it. There is not redundancy in this book so it gets to the point for every issue I have wanted to know more about and it is the first book that has actual solutions that are extremely reasonable and able to be done if there was more of the Golden Rule and less of the Greedy Bastards. This isn't a left or right, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat book but it is about those that wish to divide us always into those categories. It is by far the best book I have listened to for years on Audible. I didn't think it was going to be any different than other books I have listened to about the mess our country is in and how it got to be this mess but I was so pleased just after the first chapter, that I was hooked on this book. The author has a true handle on the problems and solutions of our problems in America and they are actually believable and fixable. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink so only time will tell if his ideas will be taken seriously and used ever.This book should be a book to read for every high school student in America and we would possibly have then the greatest generation yet.

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