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- Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1492940097
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- Editore: Ed Gibney; Third Edition edizione (15 novembre 2013)
- Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Lingua: Inglese
- ASIN: B008QW6ENQ
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And if the definition of rich literature is work that causes the reader to re-visit issues and reconsider beliefs then Swamp meets those criteria. This will especially be true for older readers who will nod again and again as Gibney ticks off yet another one of their life’s disappointments in our leaders’ mismanagement of governance, and failure to reign in the abuses of big money.
The story’s plot and character arc also expose our public’s relative naiveté regarding the exercise of power, and simultaneously supplies a solution regarding young citizen lack of knowledge about the weaknesses of our form of government, the execution of its functions, and the business lobbyist corruption of the American political system. This fiction’s compact presentation of problems is a great resource for educators (alternative to the usual dry texts) and should be used for high school and university level political science courses. Students can be tasked to report problems discovered by main characters, solutions recommended by the heroine, why these did not work, and young minds then challenged to come up with solutions of their own. It is also obvious that this book would be an extremely valuable addition to foreign educational curriculums. It will give those in other cultures a more true conception of American society and politics than the Hollywood stereotypes of Americans as boy-man/girl-woman, emotion-driven murderous gluttons that are more projections of our elites’ contempt for common people than reality themed entertainments.
Perhaps the novel’s high point is reached when the heroine challenges a 40-year Senator’s conventional dogma that the fact little legislation gets done is a good aspect of the Founder’s design. Justine reminds readers that as soon as the Colonies became independent of Britain they were no longer at the whimsical mercy of a King, which is what she asserts the Founders’ concern about rapid change was based on.
Although the author’s strategy is to skillfully allude and maneuver readers into making related criticisms on their own, perhaps one deficiency of this story is that the heroine does not proportionately address the colossal fallacy that slow government is good government with more counter arguments. First, simple logic indicates that if decisions can be made efficiently by a national legislative system, policy mistakes can be corrected quickly as well. As wrong choices routinely are by local governments and individual citizens when they responsibly manage their lives.
Also the Bill of Rights and expansion of rights through case law that Supreme Court decisions have created since the 1700’s are more than sufficient to protect individuals from the now daily evoked bogeyman of “populist” majority rule. In addition, our political class endeavoring as human elites have always done - to divide and conquer society into contending factions too weak to resist their domination, has proved that their political action committees are adept at inventing capable of sabotaging any policy, identity-group voting blocks. Ever more sacred-victim ‘minorities’ are available for our leaders to determine to be deserving of special accommodation to regulations most must obey, many varieties of quotas, and de facto rights to violate laws for the reason of disparate impact.
The usual arguments for slow-no governance are also shown to be dubious due to the story’s political establishment claiming a need for an ability to do “emergency” legislation. Another way of saying that when our elite’s interests are threatened, or the rich and powerful are personally attacked as on 9/11, then swift, although often not effective national crusades are not only possible, but necessary. While conversely our leaders suggest that policy and action protective of the interests of the majority of common citizens do not warrant timely legislation and execution.
Then there is the novel’s senior Senator’s description of how votes on legislation are stalled and denied via filibusters, and weighed down with so many noxious amendments that the people seldom get action. From this readers can deduce that when amendments do get passed with approved legislation, they result all manner of government action the majority would never approve of. The fact that these get inflicted on the citizenry amounts to a system of legalized bribery and contrived treason against democracy which ought to cause all citizens to demand a change to the current system of checks and balances. Checks, and what should be banned amendments that largely act to enable the rich and powerful to entrench the status quo that they by definition are best adapted to benefit from.
Near the book’s end, Gibney has the Justine present some of his theory of evolutionary philosophy as her declared guiding principal in a run for the presidency – government is created to regulate the markets for all goods and services in order to ensure the fundamental evolutionary principals of cooperation and competition are acting for the maximum benefit of all life. As Justine explains “we can’t risk the collapse of all life on this planet” for the profits of a single life time. Unfortunately those who have taken a course in ecology and seen the documentary “Inside Job” will suspect there is a high probability the earth will suffer bio-sphere collapse in coming decades. Disaster is almost inevitable, because those who pretend to believe (contrary to Adam Smith) that we need perpetual economic growth to have merit based capitalism and we can do infinite growth on a finite planet - the same investment bankers, corporate CEOs and their economist propagandists who crashed the world economy in 2008 still have essential veto power over what our political leaders do.
If nothing else the revelations stimulated by reading this novel may save our youth from unrealistic expectations regarding government service and better focus them on careers they would be happier pursuing. In this story the female fantasy of an always supportive husband character is content. Although likely not only because he inherited millions, but rather also due to his chosen avocation of refurbishing old furniture which presents him with tasks he can personally control and actually accomplish. While his wife chose goals that had many variables and involved actors that she could not control. So despite the heroine’s intelligence, good intentions and hard work she seldom accomplished much.
Whether it is intended or not, this novel ends on what seems a sardonic inside joke when Justine’s brother suggests she write a book. This finally seems to be something she can do herself and get satisfaction completing. Plus readers may imagine she could get a multi-million dollar book deal, end-of-career payoff due to her name recognition, and because she never seriously threatened the establishment. The more complex reality of course is that the publishing house and mass media gate keepers are part of, and paid with advertising revenues from, and therefore just as supportive of the 1% via their targeted marketing, edit censorship, and calculated emphasis regarding what facts and ideas would end up getting mass public exposure in such a book.
Yes. This Swamp is deep.
Winthrop R Staples III
Independent Wildlife Biologist/Environmental Philosopher
to his Nation. And he is exactly the type of person, that the U.S. needs to be in a leadership position.
But in this very important book, Ed shows how - the current way that "Washington" is arranged - is so frustrating
to those who love and want to serve their Nation. Most Americans see that Washington is "broken" and are depressed about it.
Ed provides the "granular" insight - from someone who has been there - abut the interconnected system that is so frustrating
and debilitating to those who are most talented and idealistic - and are willing to dedicated themselves and their career to
working in the Federal Government to serve the Nation.
This is an essential book to read to those who want to understand why Washington is "Broken".
I hope the info that was given in the book is true! The book gives us insight into the mechanisms of Washington and the Government and it's not the brightest of pictures!