Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever
a book by Lawrence B. Lindsey
(our site's book review)
The book claims to be an audacious and desperately needed primer on how America’s Ruling Class have upended the Constitution and taken over our country—and how we must unite to regain control of our liberty. We need to work to break the power grab of our current leaders and replace them with real leaders and statesmen. Lindsey says he has determined what needs to be accomplished to bring the power "back to the people." It is true that Bernie Sanders genuinely has such a goal, and key people in both parties put on a disingenuous facade of wanting to serve the people and give them power, but it would be a rare Congressperson indeed who is motivated by compassion and service to his or her country. They may get into office with some of these types of motives, but they soon find out that half of politics is raising money and the other half is about contacts, relationships, deals, lobbyists and finding money for the next election. In such a ratrace ethics are quickly compromised and being in it to serve the people changes to serving oneself, ones committees, ones political friends, etc.
A Ruling Class (shadow government neocons) has emerged in America against the hopes of our spinning-in-their-graves Founding Fathers. Over the last hundred years, they have rejected the Constitution and expanded their own power
The book claims "a Ruling Class has emerged in America against the hopes and designs of our Founding Fathers. Over the last hundred years, they have rejected the Constitution and expanded their own power, slowly at first and now rapidly. These people believe their actions are justified because they think they are smarter than the rest of us—so smart they can run our lives better than we can."
Their (Lindsey says the Left, we say the neocons) actions are justified because they think they are smarter than the rest of us—so smart they can run our lives better than we can
While neocon shadow government people from BOTH parties are the real (UNELECTED) ruling class, Lindsey offers us the knee-slapping cock-and-bull story that progressives are America’s Ruling Class. If they are ruling, how does he explain Dubya becoming president and pushing the U.S. to follow the most radical neocon agenda ever? (Agenda: American empire building with the U.S. visiting terror on innocent countries, creating terrorists as they went, and then starting an eternal "war on terror" to counter the terrorists they just created, plunging us into incredible debt which the oligarchs would then profit from. And then install spying on innocent citizens as policy while butchering citizen's rights—this is the opposite of "bringing the power back to the people." Nothing has robbed power from the people more than the Patriot Act that both Dubya and OBomb'em supported. This has a nasty neocon-conservative stench to it—far from liberal progressivism! See The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.)
The NSA burning the Constitution—goodbye rights, hello government spying
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Once again blaming the left for the mischief run by neocons of both parties, he tells us "But for all the power and resources at their [progressives] command, they have failed miserably. Society has become increasingly unequal, even as we’re promised 'equality.' Our government finances are out of control, our basic infrastructure is broken, and education is unaffordable and mediocre. And yet the Ruling Class think the solution is for us to grant them ever more control." Lindsey says the "right presidential candidate is the key" and he is right that this is key to getting the agenda of the rightwingers and the AEI (see below) front and center (which Trump—the very nonprogressive Republican—is doing), but he is wrong that we can undo the corrupt power structure that runs things by use of elections and voting. If only such a thing were even possible! But our democracy has degenerated into an oligarchy and elections will not be reflecting the "will of the people" anytime soon. See Democracy—an American Delusion
Voters are apathetic about voting since it changes nothing, so they gave the establishment the finger in the form of voting for Trump (who was very surprised when he won!)
"We can stop this—but to do so we must unite." In Conspiracies of the Ruling Class, libertarian Lawrence Lindsey lays out his plan for how we can use common sense to change the way our country is run. Here in this book you'll find unabashed truthiness from a Washington insider about how to "reawaken the spirit upon which America was founded, with liberty for every person to pursue his or her own dreams." This hyperbole is the stuff one tosses into political speeches, but hardly a serious goal of either Lindsey or his buddies in the AEI (see below).
Lindsey's solutions have the overall effect of corralling gullible readers into the Republican pen so they can win elections, so we can all enjoy the miracles that ensue when the U.S. elects morons (Dubya) or demagogues (Trump) into high offices
The book contains a remarkably detailed plan about how to diminish the power of the ruling class, he claims. But—alas!—it's all sleight-of-hand. His solutions have the overall effect of corralling gullible readers into the Republican pen so they can win elections, so we can all enjoy the miracles that ensue when the U.S. elects morons (Dubya) or demagogues (Trump) into high offices. What that is a "solution" to one can only wonder, but it surely isn't stopping the powers-that-be (neocons) that have created much of this mess! The author keeps using the phrase "the ruling experts" as if he repeats it enough it will come true. Those that rule are not experts from the left but neocons from the shadow government who care little about party affiliations, democracy, or the people themselves. Obama the Liar and Dubya the Crusader were both flunkies for the neocons and neither was a "ruling expert." Dubya bungling us into the Iraq War disaster and Obama bungling the Middle East until ISIS evolved as a response shows just how "expert" any of these bozos are and the neocons behind them have shown the kind of ass clowns they are as well.
Where Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever goes wrong is in assuming the Ruling Class is “Progressive”—i.e., Democrat. All the bad presidents seem to be Democrats, to Lindsey. This libertarian-conservative polemic misses the real essense of the problem. By looking at our issues from a Fox News perspective, he'll make a friend of Bill O'Reilly but shed little light in the darkness of what is really going on.
By looking at our issues from a Fox News perspective, he'll make a friend of Bill O'Reilly but shed little light in the darkness of what is really going on
This book attempts to explain how this country is turning the citizens into zombies, but it misses the forest for the trees
This book attempts to explain how this country is turning the citizens into zombies. But it misses the forest for the trees. The problem isn't that one political party is screwing us. Both of them are. But the problem transcends politics even though symptoms at the political level are the most obvious.
The problem isn't that one political party is screwing us—both of them are
Lawrence B. Lindsey spent years as the Arthur F. Burns Chair for Economic Research at the American Enterprise Institute. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is an influential right-wing think tank that advocates for lower taxes, fewer protections for consumers and the environment, and cuts to the social safety net. AEI is the dominant conservative think tank—it's a breeding ground for neocons. AEI was noted for providing the George W Bush administration with the neocon-minded hawkish officials and advisers who promoted the administration’s "war on terror" policies, including John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and John Yoo. It is deeply connected to the infamous Koch brothers, to American empire building ideas, the tobacco industry's misinformation war, the climate change deniers and it actively promotes Middle Eastern military entanglements for both the US and its allies. (Source: American Enterprise Institute)
"In the name of political correctness, it [progressives] has ruined America’s public school and higher education systems." Here Lindsey gets it right. The whole "microexpression" issue (and all the P.C. issues associated with it) is a farce. Lindsey also demonstrates, correctly, that income inequality grew at faster rates under Democratic presidents, and grew the most during Barack Obama’s two terms in office. But conservatives have just as bad a record, although Lindsey is blind to it.
The book shows clearly, but with great bias, why people are fed up with status quo and political correctness, and are rising up to throw off the establishment shackles. Unfortunately, by defining the establishment as the liberal-progressives, he simply exposes his political agenda, which is hardly different than the AEI he's associated with. (The AEI is a great friend to environment-abusing megacorporations and the shadow government neocons who are the real power holders in the U.S. It is best buddies with the military industrial complex, and like the Kochs, it seems to care a lot for the corporatocracy but little for people—although they will never admit it.)
All thinking people can see that the establishment is a bed in which liberals and conservatives alike sleep soundly, secure in the knowledge that if the raucous political hollering is loud enough and entertaining enough (e.g., Trump's domination of the news cycle), and if the polarized nation continues to be dumbed down by outrageous claims that one side or the other is to blame (and the citizen-sheep are actually falling for it!), we'll never detect the con game that is afoot. It's a long con. It's been going on for many years.
The desperate 99% frantically try to apply a "shock to the system," giving the establishment the finger the best way they know how: electing Trump president. Trump's values and policies are so similar to the AEI that one would think they wrote his playbook.
The overall effect of it is to so distract the citizen-sheep that they don't notice their pockets are being picked by shadow government oligarchs so that the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, the middle class slowly loses its wealth to elites, the income gap widens, and the desperate 99% frantically try to apply a "shock to the system," giving the establishment the finger the best way they know how: electing Trump president. Trump's values and policies are so similar to the AEI that one would think they wrote his playbook. And yet—as the voters sadly realized—the alternative was Hillary, who is really just Obama 2.0 in a skirt, and she is establishment through and through. Do we really want someone who even reminds us of him—the biggest liar of all presidents?
Elections distract the citizen-sheep so they don't notice their pockets are being picked by shadow government oligarchs so that the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class slowly loses its wealth to elites
Robert Reich, a Berkeley Professor, describes his opponents as big corporations and Wall Street banks, entities that have the power to redistribute "much of the nation's income upward to themselves." The rest of us, he says, must gain political power to put an end to the "rigging of the American market." This robbing of the people to feed oligarchs in charge of greedy banks and corporations is the true picture of the real power structure orchestrated by the shadow government, and it makes Lindsey's thesis of nasty progressive ruling elites that are the whole problem seem limp and without substance, by comparison.
Robert Reich describes his opponents as big corporations and Wall Street banks, entities that have the power to redistribute much of the nation's income upward to themselves