Nomadland

Nomadland, Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century by Jessica Bruder published in 2017. During a time of rising rents and stagnating wages, some low-wage earners are choosing to live in cars, RVs or trailers as they migrate from job to job.

“The most widely accepted measure for calculating income inequality is a century-old formula called the Gini coefficient. It’s a gold standard for economists around the globe, along with the World Bank, the CIA, and the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. What it reveals is startling. Today the United States has the most unequal society of all developed nations. America’s level of inequality is comparable to that of Russia, China, Argentina, and the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“And as bad as the situation is now, it’s likely to get worse. That makes me wonder: What further contortions–or even mutations–of the social order will appear in years to come? How many people will get crushed by the system? How many will find a way to escape it?”

Trump’s goal is to make the US number one in income inequality. That is the reasoning behind the GOP’s latest plan of tax reduction.

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The Doomsday Machine

The Doomsday Machine, Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon papers fame. While serving in the JFK administration in the early 1960s, Ellsberg saw a Department of Defense estimate of total casualties in a nuclear war with the Soviet Union and China: 500 million in a world less densely populated than now.

“I well know that it is entirely unrealistic to hope that the present Congress (not to speak of the present president), dominated by the current Republican Party, or for that matter a Congress returned to the control of Democratic members mainly of the sort we have seen in the last generation, would respond to demands for any one of the measures I have proposed above:

  • a U.S. no first-use policy
  • probing investigative hearings on our war plans in the light of nuclear winter
  • eliminating our ICBMs
  • forgoing delusions of preemptive damage limiting by our first-strike forces
  • giving up the profits, jobs, and alliance hegemony based on maintaining that pretense
  • otherwise dismantling the American Doomsday Machine

“Both parties as currently constituted oppose every one of these measures. This mortal predicament did not begin with Donald J. Trump, and it will not end with his departure. The obstacles to achieving these necessary changes are posed not so much by the majority of the American public–though many in recent years have shown dismaying manipulability–but by officials and elites in both parties and by major institutions that consciously support militarism, American hegemony, and arms production and sales.”

It is estimated that a nuclear war induced nuclear winter will cause the death of 99+% of humanity and the death of most large animals on land and in the sea.

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Panama papers

Secrecy World, Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein. Read this book to understand how the rich avoid taxes and hide their wealth. It was Leona Helmsley who famously said, “Only little people pay taxes.” I believe that this book will help you understand Robert Mueller’s report on the Donald Trump/Russia connection when it is finally made public.

“The worst harm, John Doe seemed to suggest, was that Mossfon and the system within which it operated encouraged the growth of income inequality, ‘one of the defining issues of our time.’ It was a system that had led to ‘society’s progressively diseased and decaying moral fabric.’ The firm had not worked in a vacuum, he observed: ‘It found allies and clients at major law firms in virtually every nation.'”

“The borderlines of the secrecy world, the distance between what is hidden and the public’s right to know, was shifting quickly. ‘We live in a time of inexpensive, limitless digital storage and fast internet connections that transcend national boundaries,’ the anonymous leaker wrote. ‘It doesn’t take much to connect the dots: from start to finish, inception to global media distribution, the next revolution will be digitized.'”

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