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Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times best-selling author, looks at the history of the battle against oligarchy in America - and how we can win the latest round.

Billionaire oligarchs want to own our republic, and they’re nearly there, thanks to legislation and Supreme Court decisions that they have essentially bought. They put Trump and his political allies into office and support a vast network of think tanks, publications, and social media that every day push our nation closer and closer to police-state tyranny. 

The United States was born in a struggle against the oligarchs of the British aristocracy, and ever since then, the history of America has been one of dynamic tension between democracy and oligarchy. And much like the shock of the 1929 crash woke America up to glaring inequality and the ongoing theft of democracy by that generation’s oligarchs, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has laid bare how extensively oligarchs have looted our nation’s economic system, gutted governmental institutions, and stolen the wealth of the former middle class.

Thom Hartmann traces the history of this struggle against oligarchy from America’s founding to the United States’ war with the feudal confederacy to President Franklin Roosevelt’s struggle against “economic royalists” who wanted to block the New Deal. In each of those cases, the oligarchs lost the battle. But with increasing right-wing control of the media, unlimited campaign contributions, and a conservative takeover of the judicial system, we’re at a crisis point. 

Now is the time for action, before we flip into tyranny. We’ve beaten the oligarchs before, and we can do it again. Hartmann lays out practical measures we can take to break up media monopolies, limit the influence of money in politics, reclaim the wealth stolen over decades by the oligarchy, and build a movement that will return control of America to we, the people.

©2020 Thom Hartmann (P)2020 Thom Hartmann

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Contains much needed for this country

I fully agree with this books assertions. Well written, coherent, informative, valuable citations. Highly recommended.

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Wake up and read this book

We all know that Washington is broken. This book explains why. We need to stop this. Thom Hartman is a brave and honorable man.

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Never ending engagement of we the people

Informative, historical, well written and a clarion call to study, to obtain truth and understanding and of a never ending engagement of we the people action!!

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Time to get to work!

This is a very good and important read. I've never been simultaneously so angry and yet so hopeful? it really does just make me want to burn it all down and start over. Great informative read highly recommended!

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one way

not at all. very one way against conservatives and republicans. would rather get my money back

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Very very informative!

A must read or listen for all Americans. Amazing how much I've learned. But then I do every day with the Hartmann report podcast. The reason being that I'm trying to understand, as a Dutch person, why things are the way they are. So thank you.

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180 degrees

you have confirmed my belief that Liberalism is a mental illness. I agree strongly to get big business out of politics.

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THE BEST

I will be getting more books by Hartman. This is the best kindle and audible I have.

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Everyone in America should listen/read this book

This is another triumph for Thom Hartmann. He is a true beacon of facts, knowledge, truth and hope in this world of propaganda and dross.
Another great addition to his series of "Hidden History" books. Worth every cent. And fact I'll probably buy it for other people as well.

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Grateful for this book!

I'll be listening to this again and again! Thank you for putting this together and for giving advice and hope!

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