Cannibal Capitalism: How Big Business and The Feds Are Ruining America (Google eBook)
An unbiased look at how the economic practices of corporations,leaders, and government are severely damaging the American way oflife
Most of us have lived our lives by the rules—going toschool, investing in real estate, and building careers—butthe so-called Great Recession has changed everything. CannibalCapitalism: How Big Business and the Feds Are Ruining Americaanswers the questions on everyone's lips; what happened and wheredo we go from here?
Unlike in most other recent instances of financial turbulence,when this crisis hit, the country turned on itself economically,with the powerhouses—corporations, business leaders, andgovernment—throwing the everyman under the bus. In an effortto avoid becoming slightly less rich, the super-rich effectivelycannibalized the true engines of growth in the economy, in theprocess putting the bottom ninety-nine percent of the population atserious risk of losing everything. Cannibal Capitalismfights back, arguing that to really recover we need to educate ourchildren, invest in our small businesses, use our inflated money todevelop real things that build real wealth, and get back toexporting in a big way.
The economic crisis rocking the foundations of the internationalfinancial system has had a disproportionately devastating affect onthe average person. Angry, afraid, and confused, regular people arelooking for answers and Cannibal Capitalism is here to help,illustrating how the super-rich did everything in their power tostay safe at the expense of everyone else.
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"Irrespective of free market dogma, economic self-interest that is exclusively individualistic will inevitably work against the common interest." - Michael C. Hill
This book is not your typical right-wing or left-wing rant. From page one, the pragmatism of a businessman not married to any political ideology was obvious. It lays out what works, what doesn't, and why. With the optimism of an entrepreneur, Hill lays out a path to rejuvenate the economy, for small businesses and communities to benefit from globalization, and to achieve energy independence without polluting the planet. With so much blathering rhetoric flying around since the Great Recession, Cannibal Capitalism strikes a resonant chord reverberating from the Tea Party to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The book is divided into three sections:"What's Wrong with This Picture", "How Did We Get Here?", and "Where Are We Going?" Cannibal Capitalism begins with Hill's own experience losing a fortune in the housing crisis. He wrote, "I had to retrace my steps. I had to understand the market forces that drove my success, or the illusion of it, as well as its collapse--not just for me, but for everyone caught up in this economy." From there he lays out the most succinct explanation of the economic collapse and the lessons it provides. Having read his detailed timeline covering every significant economic development from January 2007 through December of 2008, I can honestly say that I know exactly what happened and how.
The second section reviews the genesis of modern economic thought and the history of opposing ideologies. Hill details the arc from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes to Milton Friedman and if those names aren't familiar to you that's fine because the discussion is easy to follow. Oddly Friedrich Hayek was not discussed as much as his disciple Friedman, perhaps because the latter economist brought more attention and excitement to Hayek's ideology than Hayek himself, particularly during the Reagan administration.
The final section is what takes Cannibal Capitalism from a fascinating read to a powerful tool to make the world a better place. Tackling healthcare, education, energy, and globalization, he sets out bold ideas for the 21st century as well as how regular people can navigate the new normal. As Dr. Schramm wrote on the back jacket, "Anyone concerned with the serious issues and possible solutions facing our economy should read this book."
Who's right? Who's wrong? Friedman? Keynes? Conservatives? Liberals? Income and wealth disparity, industry consolidation, anticompetitive business practices, off-shoring, political ideological extremism, and the hoarding of cash are destroying the wealth-building capacity of the nation, faith in the American dream, and the promise of meritocracy. The trajectory of the nation is off-target from the ideals of either libertarianism or utilitarianism. According to Hill we are in the grips of cannibal capitalism, which serves neither the utility of the nation nor the liberty of its people. THIS IS A MUST READ!
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