Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive
radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling 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.