'The Unwinding' is a requiem for the American Dream
Original post made on Sep 20, 2013
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on Sep 21, 2013 at 9:57 am
A German friend of mind recently said that this period in history has a correlation to the fall of the Roman Empire. When the Roman Empire fell, there was chaos everywhere, because the Romans were the world police of their time.
Now that the American Empire is falling, the same thing is happening, for the same reason
on Sep 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm
i read this and its great
by telling the story through the voices of individual americans
it became very interesting to read of an otherwise downwardly trajectory
now that i know the authors local roots i recommend it even more
capitalism has had its way with our democracy
without a middle class even the 1% are headed for trouble
we need to use the internet to take back the power and recreate opportunity for americans
on Sep 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm
I disagree with the eighth paragraph from the bottom in this piece: Becoming a "community organizer" is not "a structure". It is trying to build a structure where there is none. And certainly it is not the equal of the labor union structure that unravelled under Tammy Thomas' feet. As for Connaughton, filing for bankruptcy does make one feel "alone" and it is not true of everyone in his "class of Washingtonians", unless they are also filing for bankruptcy.
Apart from this clear disagreement, a very good review. As for Thiel, what more does one need to say than he is a follower of the ideas on Ayn Rand and Ron Paul, people who love to talk but hate to think. What could make Packer's point better than his including Thiel and his ideas in this book. If Thiel is an intellectual leader because of his money, then so are the oil sheiks of the Middle East and the Russian Oligarchs.