The New York Times best-selling author of The Party Is Over delivers a no-holds-barred, House of Cards-style exposé of who really wields power in Washington.
Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making. The real work gets done behind the scenes by invisible bureaucrats working for the vast web of agencies that actually dictate our foreign policy, defense posture, and security decisions.
Have you ever wondered why Obama's policies look so much like Bush's? Seek no further: Hillary versus Jeb is just window dressing. Actual power lies in the Deep State, Washington's shadowy power elite, in the pockets of corporate interests and dependent on the moguls of Silicon Valley, whose data-collecting systems enable the US government to spy on our every move, swipe, and click. Drawing on insider knowledge gleaned in his three decades on the Hill, Lofgren offers a provocative wake-up call to Americans and urges them to fight to reinstate the basic premise of the Constitution.
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Lofgen does a great job surveying and tying together the mutually dependent rent extraction machine of our institutions. He tends to overstate the national security angle (his specialty) and understate the health care system which on a daily basis causes us more financial hardship and is a bigger existential threat to our solvency. But overall a very helpful guide to why the most wealthy country is currently managing itself so poorly.
This is the most concise, well structured examination of the death of the republic ever written.
Read it. Truly. You must.
It starts out a little boring but then becomes an eye opening "page turner"!
The uncovering of the people who pull the strings behind the scene.
His profound misunderstanding of capitalism drags this book down. He seems to blame deregulation and libertarian ideas for all of our present ills. He will argue that the deep state is too influential and powerful, and therefore we need Congress and the Supreme Court to be more powerful to reign them in. But Congress is already one of the greatest facilitators of the Deep State. He also seems to think that all power Democrats would be good for the country, but all powerful Republicans would destroy us. Isn't the real problem that any government entity is all powerful??
Also, his failure to address the Federal Reserve's role in the rise of the military industrial complex shows a very shallow level of research....
If the problem is an uncontrollable government with ultimate power, making congress the uncontrollable power instead of the executive branch is not the solution.
It's such a shame. Some of the content in this book is valuable and important, but it is hard to trust him in light of his truly paradoxical conclusions.
This book tells the story of how the Elites in our country have taken over the government and both parties. The Democrats are bad and the Republicans are worse in that they are dominated by the business and armament industry who make so much money over our continuous wars, with all of them since WWII being failures and causing blowback. We need to stop it. It isn't working and dooms our future.
Paul G. de Jong
is long with many details, but in the end the authors solutions are right on.
Although I can't say I concur with all the solutions and recommendations of this book many are worthy of consideration and application. Perspective leads to insight when properly appreciate applied.
A cut to the chase, no BS explanation of the current low equilibrium in which the US political economy is ensnared. The contempt that occasionally surfaces does not come off as peevish, because it so clearly arises from years of up-close, stupefied observation of patterns that behavior that corrode our democracy.
Very thorough, but not boring if you are a non fiction reader. Given the writers background I would judge it as a fairly unbiased book as the blame is not directed at either party as a whole but on the system itself.
Lofgren does it again. Very few former political insiders such as Mike Lofgren ha the talent to tell us what goes on in our political system behind the scenes without right or left bias. The only problem, like many others he has no effect idea how to bring down the circus tent on both of our corrupt and self serving political parties.
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