I was just in Atlanta. On the long flight I read Arianna Huffington‘s new book, Third World America. Now, before my conservative friends go off the deep end, this is not a book about left or right, about Democrat or Republican. This is a book about the assault on the middle class from both parties.
This is a must read for conservatives, for liberals, for members of the Tea Party, for libertarians, well, for every American. (If you’re in the top 1% and are making millions of dollars, you might want to skip this one.)
I admit that at times the numerous examples in the book become a bit tedious, but they do move the story forward by illustrating her points.
Rarely do I read a book in which I think the author just hit the larger issues spot on. Arianna hits issues spot on. What she writes resonates with what I have mentioned several times on my blog about my own experiences with the death of the American Dream. The last chapter in her book offers some ideas about how to keep America beholden to “We the people…”.
My only point of contention with her book: She takes an amazingly optimistic view about our capacity as a nation to undo the horrific damage that has been done to the middle class. I honestly have come to think that, if our nation can be repaired at all, it will not happen in my lifetime. I do hope I’m wrong.