The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before—including
during the Great Depression and the Civil War—because the pillars of democracy
that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without
them, America teeters on the verge of the next great crash.
The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion
that could make the Great Depression look like child’s play. In The Crash of 2016, Thom Hartmann argues
that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to
reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have
replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened
political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of
only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us.
The result is a “for the rich, by the rich” scheme leading
to policies that only benefit the highest bidders. Hartmann outlines the
destructive forces-planted by Lewis Powell in 1971 and come to fruition with
the “Reagan Revolution”—that have looted our nation over the past decade, and
how their actions fit into a cycle of American history that lets such forces
rise to power every four generations.
However, a backlash is now palpable against the “economic
royalists”—a term coined by FDR to describe those hoarding power and
wealth-including the banksters, oligarchs, and politicians who have plunged our
nation into economic chaos and social instability.
Although we are in the midst of what could become the most
catastrophic economic crash in American history, a way forward is emerging,
just as it did in the previous great crashes of the 1760s, 1856, and 1929. The
choices we make now will redefine American culture. Before us stands a genuine
opportunity to embrace the moral motive over the profit motive-and to rebuild
the American economic model that once yielded great success.
Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, The Crash of 2016 is not just a roadmap
to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging
us to act. Only if the right reforms are enacted and the moral choices are
made, can we avert disaster and make our nation whole again. Download and start listening now!