Mayer, Jane. Dark Money. Doubleday, NY. 2016. The hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right. In an attempt to understand why people who have more money than they could ever use need even more, I borrowed this book from the library. It was a page turner read. Mayer pulls back the curtain to let us see what is going on behind that enterprise and hopefully, we like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, will be aided with seeing who is really pulling the levers in our society. The best conclusion I can come up with is the insatiable need to be in control. It is the age old temptation to “be like God”. Mayer gives us the background of the childhood of the Koch brothers and I came away with a deep sense of pity for them. They truly didn’t have a chance and their response to this abuse is to be abusers as well. Alone they wouldn’t be too worrisome but they have aggregated many of the same persuasion so as to become a very threatening to our constitutional form of self governance. Now the current ruse is to want our “well being” and to lure the unsuspecting to use their sense of fairness as a tool of aggression. Books like Dark Money can help us resist this con game if we can see what is happening. Read this book, if fairness describes you .
In an attempt to better understand the struggle that every election involves I chose to read Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind”. I admit that this exhaustive treatment of why and how people sort themselves out has helped me in my effort to make sense of what appears most of the time to be nonsense. He helped me see the value of each orientation such as liberal/conservative and how they each have strengths and weaknesses. We need each other to become whole, but have fallen into the either/or trap that the gospels warns us to avoid. Watching the “news” will become a more instructive exercise since reading this book. A current article that expands on this subject. For an interview with the author click on this link
Warren, Elizabeth. A Fighting Chance. Metropolitan Books. NY. 2014 Her story of how she became interested in the rigged economic systems of today and its effects on everyone. I was stunned by the amount of stress anyone has to go through to even be elected let alone achieve anything once elected. We have created a monster of a system that needs our attention.
Evergreen is Moving by Bob Gabbert is a novel that explores the possibility of many new realities. Peace in the Middle East, the first woman president of the US, the realization of a world that realizes that no peace is possible with the use of terror and war. Gabbert writes in a style that draws you into plots, possibilities, and hope. Hope that doing something different will really make a difference. This is a book that is hard to put down.