Matt Taibbi Phi Beta Iota: If there were one book that could be said to have at a minimum lent credence to Occupy when others were scornful, and at best been an inspiration to millions who had ignored many other excellent works in the past dealing with both the corruption of politics and the corruption of finance, that book would be Griftopia–Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.
As an end of year review, honoring not just Matt Taibbi but all the other works that “connect” to his magnetic “hub” work, here is a RECAP on
GRIFTOPIA. #OWS Rolling Update + US Revolution RECAP 2008 ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig America’s Core Values: We the People vs. Them Crooks Anti-Corruption in USA–A First Step Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft Chuck Spinney: How Real is Versailles on the Potomac? CURVEBALL: The Interview + Integrity RECAP DefDog: Those ‘Coining the Blood of War’ Should Sacrifice Too DefDog: Wall Street Corrupts Congress Again… General Electric 2010: No Taxes, Claimed 3.2B Credit George Soros: Eleven Economic Insights + RECAP G.I. Wilson: Killer Drones, Moral Disengagement, + War Crimes RECAP Goldman Sachs Target of Major RICO Lawsuit Gold Paper About to Crash–Plus Gold Fraud RECAP Graphic(s): #OWS Facts of Life from Business Insider — 90% of the USA Screwed for 30 Years Graphic: 99% Demand a Very Different Budget Graphic: American Catastrophe I of III Graphic: American Catastrophe II of III Graphic: American Catastrophe III of III Graphic: Americans Getting Poorer — FAST Graphic: Candidates on the Issues (2008) Graphic: Cartoon of the Century – Crime Rules Graphic: Corruption Slide 1 Nine Zones of Concern Graphic: Corruption Slide 2 Empire as Terrorism Graphic: Corruption Slide 3 Holistic Analysis Graphic: Revolving Door–Goldman, Citi, Morgan Et Al Graphic: Crony Capitalism, Goldman Sachs Variant Graphic: Cutting US Deficit $11.7 Trillion Graphic: Government Budget Increase = More Unemployment Graphic: Government Executive Cuts 1 Trillion Over Ten Years – Still Borrows a Trillion a Year Graphic: Information Pathologies Graphic: No Labels No Faces Graphic: Patterns of Public Debt Burden 1929-2011 Graphic: Public Common Sense: Cut Military Budget and Raise Taxes on Those Earning Over $250,000 As Individuals Graphic: Rebooting USA Operating System Graphic: Strategic Trends (Negative) Graphic: Strategic Trends (Positive) Graphic: U.S. Debt Graphic: USA Economic Split from 1980 Onwards Graphic: US Counties Protected by Levees Graphic: US Defense Spending 2000-2011 ($B) Graphic: US DoD Budget 1948-2011 Graphic: US Dollar Decline (4 Periods Compared) Graphic: Visualization of Left versus Right (False Gods) Graphic: Water and Cites–Urban Shortages Graphic: Water Aquifers (Groundwater) Graphic: Water Stress (Global) in 2050 GRIFTOPIA Part II: The Next Mega-Meltdown Guest Post: Analysis of the Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic Domination and the Coming American Rebellion John Bogle: ENOUGH – Speculation Bad Investment Good John Robb: Federal Reserve Corruption Graphed John Steiner: Declaration of Occupation of NYC + Revolution USA RECAP Journal: Chuck Spinney on Why Obama Failed… Journal: Deep Secrets, Copenhagen World Government, the M-Fund, and the Future Journal: F for Democrats by Ben Gilad Journal: Huffington Post–Congress is Corrupt Journal: Obama Trashing US Dollar & Economy Journal: ‘Systemic Corruption’–Daunting Challenge in Globalized Era Journal: Third Party Desired by 58% in America + ReCap Journal: US Govenment Accepts Fraud as “Normal” Journal: Wall Street Financial Crime Spree Spins On…. Koko: One Simple Demand — Electoral Reform — Photographic Essay in Search of the Truth Koko: Wall Street Occupation Continues, Ignored by Media Marcus Aurelius: US at Permanent “War” + War RECAP Marginalization Not Al Quada the Real Atrocity Matt Taibbi: Bloomberg’s Marie Antoinette Moment Matt Taibbi: The Real Housewives Of Wall Street–How Morgan Stanley Wives Christy Mack & Susan Karches Ripped Off Taxpayers In Geithner-Bernanke Bailout Scheme Michel Bauwens: Moody’s Analyst on Core Corruption Mini-Me: Cry from the Heart On US Electoral Fraud Mini-Me: European-US Banking–Tangled Web — Tell Me Again, Why Shouldn’t We Default and Let the Banks Fry? + Financial Terrorism RECAP Mini-Me: TheyRule Web Site Back Online Mini-Me: Vaclav Havel – Reflections on Dissent & Democracy Mini-Me: WWIII, from Gold Circles, A Whiff of…? + RECAP MIT on Economic Policy, Ignores Government Corruption Obama’s Failure of Intelligence & Integrity Onset of Death for the Two-Party Tyranny…. QUESTION Wells Fargo–John G. Stumpf Especially Reference: Building National Knowledge Infrastructure–How Dutch Pragmatism Nurtures a 21st Century Economy (The Cook Report on Internet Protocol) Reference: Citizens Fiddle, Obama Dances Reference: Empire of Lies & Secrecy [Ron Paul Q&A] Reference: How Goldman Sachs Looted America Review: How The World Really Works Reference: Invisible Empire New World Order DVD + RECAP Reference: US Secret Intelligence, US Banks, Illicit Gold, Murder of the Global Economy, RECAP Review (DVD): Inside Job Review (Guest) DVD: I.O.U.S.A. DVD on US Bankruptcy Review (Guest): Juggernaut — Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It Review DVD: American Drug War: The Last White Hope Review DVD: Why We Fight (2006) Review: American Theocracy–The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century (Hardcover) Review: Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush Review: Breach of Trust–How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders (Hardcover) Review: Comeback America–Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility (Hardcover) Review: Critical Choices – The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Goverance Review: Day of Reckoning–How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart Review: Dunces of Doomsday–10 Blunders That Gave Rise to Radical Islam, Terrorist Regimes, And the Threat of an American Hiroshima Review: Exporting America–Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas Review: Extreme Prejudice – The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover-Ups of 9/11 and Iraq – The Ultimate Conspiracy to Silence the Truth Review: Family of Secrets – The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years Review: Gag Rule–On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy Review: Getting a Grip–Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad Review: Global Public Policy – Governing Without Government? Review: Gods of Money – Wall Street and the Death of the American Century Review: Grand Illusion–The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny Review: Harvest Of Rage–Why Oklahoma City Is Only The Beginning Review: Hostile Takeover–How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government–and How We Take It Back (Hardcover) Review: How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok (Paperback) Review: Lines of Fire – A Renegade Writes on Strategy, Intelligence, and Security Review: National Suicide: How Washington Is Destroying the American Dream from A to Z Review: Other People’s Money by Louis Brandeis Review: Our Endangered Values–America’s Moral Crisis (Hardcover) Review: Palestine–Peace Not Apartheid Review: Pathology of Power Review: Reckless Endangerment — How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon Review: Running on Empty–How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (Paperback) Review: The Ambition and the Power–The Fall of Jim Wright : A True Story of Washington Review: The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism Review: The Broken Branch–How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy) Review: The Case for Impeachment–The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (Hardcover) Review: The Long Twentieth Century – Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times Review: The Power of Israel in the United States Review: The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown–Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash Review: They Dare to Speak Out–People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby Review: VICE–Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency Review: Wastrels of Defense–How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security Review: We Meant Well – How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People Review: When Corporations Rule the World Review: Where the Right Went Wrong–How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency Review: Who Governs the Globe? Robert Steele: #OWS is Not Hitler Against the Jews Robert Steele: Ignored 1994, Ignored 2011–Deja Vu Robert Steele: Resetting Global Governance & Capitalism Robert Steele: Trip Report – Occupy Wall Street 6 October 2011 – Second American Revolution is Real Robert Steele: US Day of Rage = Electoral Reform & Integrity Plus General RECAP on Purple Public & Third Party Rising Search: China Fake Gold + Fraud RECAP Search: cost of corruption + Corruption RECAP Search: slide designs corruption + RECAP Seven Promises to America–Who Will Do This? Strong Signals: Truth or Tyrannicide + RECAP Tim Geithner: Con Man, Dupe, Idiot? Dangerous! Tom Atlee: Paul Krugman Gets It – Protesting Rigged System Turkey to USA: This is where you get off….+ RECAP US Goverment 2011 Revenue, Costs, & Debt–Two Party Tyranny Lies Straight Up, Media Goes Along US Government Bails Out and Pardons Wall Street, Sends Barry Bonds to Jail–What’s the Difference? Video: Jesse Ventura Rips Wall St & Goldman Sachs Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? + US Fraud RECAP Phi Beta Iota: The above barely scratch the surface, but are the most directly related citations. For a more complete list of reviews, both negative and positive, see the two lists below. Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative) Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)