March 30, 2006
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Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the World
Not that we discount all conspiracy theories, but this book is not a theory; it's the truth. Rossi has performed an admirable service by providing nugget size, easily understandable insights into the people and corporations who are reshaping America and the world from their perspective (and it's not a pretty picture).
In short, we peons tend to view the world from the bottom up. We take scattered bits of information and try to formulate an idea of what the "Masters of the Universe" are up to. Rossi provides a neat compendium of the forces that have come together to create a world in which financial relationships, delusions of grandeur, and raw power make nation states like pieces of timber to be sliced up in a saw mill.
Not that this is a treatise. Actually, it is composed like a hip encyclopedia that gives you background on key players in the new "great game." We are like Plato's man who can only see the shadow of reality; the people and companies in "What Every American Should know" are the reality. They are calling the shots.
Rossi notes in her introduction, "As I illustrate in this book, a small group of extremists -- many of whom have worked together before -- are redesigning the mechanics of this country. They are trying to redraw the world, and they are shrinking our rights in the process. The media has stopped holding the powers that be accountable for this action, and the legislature, where many extremists now hold powerful seats, is an arena where some are trying to upset the balance of power -- including attempts to disempower the courts. And meanwhile, lying is so common it's nearly acceptable, and those who point out the lies are drowned out by official denials. We're losing the truth, we're losing perspective, we're losing the original ideals of this country and our birthrights are vanishing with them."
Well, that about says it all, doesn't it?
What's important to remember about this book is that it is actually both factual and fun. It's great for browsing or reading straight through. Learn the scoop on Halliburton, Big Pharma, Tim LaHaye, The Carlyle Group, Reverend Moon, the Bush Insiders and much, much more.
To keep things a little hopeful, Rossi also profiles people she identifies as "Agents of Change" who are challenging the "Masters of the Universe."
It's all a delightful resource book that reminds you that modern America is really being run by people and multinational companies other than the citizens of the nation. We are just pawns in their plans.
After reading through these profiles, all we can say is, "Boy, do we have our work cut out for us to restore democracy."