Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again Why have protections for employees been decimated Why do hedge fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle class workers The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against big government led to the ascendancy of a broad based conservative movement But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step by step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet Their core beliefsthat taxes are a form of tyranny that government oversight of business is an assault on freedomare sincerely held But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch, whose father made his fortune in part by building oil refineries in Stalins Russia and Hitlers Germany The patriarch later was a founding member of the John Birch Society, whose politics were so radical it believed Dwight Eisenhower was a communist The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency Richard Mellon Scaife, the mercurial heir to banking and oil fortunes, had the brilliant insight that most of their political activities could be written off as tax deductible philanthropy These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity Funding sources were hidden whenever possible This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decisiona case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network The political operatives the network employs are disciplined, smart, and at times ruthless Mayer documents instances in which people affiliated with these groups hired private detectives to impugn whistle blowers, journalists, and even government investigators And their efforts have been remarkably successful Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews including with several sources within the network and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings in reporting this book In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy....
|Title||:||Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Doubleday 19 Januar 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||599 Pages|
|File Size||:||861 KB|
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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Reviews
Although this book covers much of the same territory as "Invisible Hands" it's focus on the funding efforts of the radical rich add considerably to our understanding of today's political environment. it is essential reading for people who want to better understand the backgrounds of the members of the Trump administration.
Mayer shows, how a group of billionaires destabilized a democracy and WHY America got Donald Trump. A very disapointing Story.
If you really want to follow the money in American politics, this is the book for you. Who is destructing the US and how.
Dark Money ist ein beeindruckender Einblick in die Schattenseiten des politischen Systems Amerikas. Jane Mayers Buch fasziniert ebenso wie es schockiert.
This thoroughly researched book provides us with a compelling - and uncanny - explanation of how politics in the United States deteriorated into a state of hyper-polarization, producing almost irreconcilable rifts among the electorate and thus giving rise to political radicalism and the denouncement of compromise and constructive dialogue. Jane Mayer's book describes meticulously how a handful of heirs to vast industrial empires with amounts of cash at their disposal that outstrips entire state budgets of minor countries together with ultra-conservatives shaped a political movement that, under the guise of "philanthropy" began setting up tax-privileged foundations. These foundations in turn aim at subverting academia and political decision-making to steer public opinion by financing scholars and thinkers in return for research that ennobles their donors'egotistical agendas with academic terminology and "findings". The uncanny alliance forged between ultra-conservatives, foremost at the fringes of the GOP, and a minority of "libertarian" billionaires gave rise to an historically unparalleled political monster unchecked by the consitution and its democratic institutions and which poses a viable threat to democracy in the United States and beyond. Their influence shaped political debates from Reagan's presidency onwards to this day. Their activism actively subverts democracy, delutes the electorate with false ideals and promises of a great future while benefitting only the agendas of social- and fiscal arch-conservatives and the bank accounts of the super-rich. This isn't capitalism based on equal chances for everyone under democratic auspices but plutocracy in the making. Ultimately, the destruction of the GOP and the rise of Mr Trump and the likes to power are an indirect result of the unchecked actions of these "donors" to "philantropic" foundations. Where these individuals prefer to stay in the shadows, Jane Mayer drags them out in the spot-light. After reading this book, one feels that it is not building a wall and bringing back "beautiful coal" is what would make America great again but holding these people accountable for their actions and reinstating the prerogative of a democratic state over those with money.Ultimately the destruction of the Grand Old Party from within its core
Das Buch behandelt die Thematik der Einflussnahme reicher Amerikaner sowohl als Privatpersonen als auch als Firmenvorstände auf die amerikanische Politik. Dieses Thema ist eines, das vor allem seit 2015 einen deutlichen Schub an Aufmerksamkeit bekam, nicht zuletzt durch die letztjährige Präsidentschaftskandidatur des selbsternannten "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. Aufgrund meines starken Interesses sowohl an amerikanischer Politik allgemein und insbesondere auch an diesem Thema dachte ich, dass das Buch von Jane Mayer meinen Erwartungen vollends entsprechen würde.Leider ist das Buch doch sehr wie ein Investigativbericht geschrieben. Die journalistische Leistung der Autorin ist hier anzuerkennen und zu bewundern, wurde doch äußerst akribisch und detailliert jede Behauptung mit Fakten dargelegt. Doch genau dies ist auch die Krux an dem Buch in meinen Augen, da es sich, wie angesprochen, eher wie ein Bericht liest und ich mich somit eher durch das Buch quälen musste.Die Informationsflut und die journalistische Meisterleistung sind begeisternd, jedoch wäre solch ein Buch wohl eher als Vorbild einer Seminararbeit nützlich und weniger für ein entspanntes Lesevergnügen.
Dark Money is a well-written book full of information, and insights into the workings of America, as well as explanations about America that the people need to know to understand the workings of the country and the reasons why certain things are the way they are. I emerged from reading Dark Money, and the other book OUR LAST STAND: Donald Trump’s Victory in the 2016 Presidential Election and the Next Phase for America, with "Huh. Now I know better. Highly recommended for citizens who want to keep abreast with developments in America.