REVIEW: The Divide – American Injustice in the Ago of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

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Seven Stars Life Transformational — Sickening Detailed Account of Trillion Dollar Crimes by Bankers Ignored While Black and Latino Workers are Beaten Daily for Profit at the Bottom of the Injustice Pyramid

Review by Robert David Steele

I read this book on my way to and from Dimensions of Disclosure where I delivered a speech on “If I Were President” and I have to say, if I were President, Matt Taibbi would be one of the people I would truth to tell me the truth about injustice across America at the hands of the “law.” Death by cop is now the 6th leading cause of death among young men in America.

This book made me sick to my stomach and very angry because I know that the Attorney General of the United States of America — today William Barr — does not give a shit about all this, and is doing nothing to assure justice — a fundamental contractual element between the citizens who formed the government and the government that is supposed to serve  the citizens.

My first note about this book: legalized plutocracy at the top, police state at the bottom — the system is NOT FAIR.

In that regard, I must give a shout-out to the Hon. Dr. Cynthia McKinney, six-term Member of Congress and my dearest colleague in relation to the #UNRIG project, who has told me on more than one occasion as we did 3,000 miles in the #UNRIG RV, “Robert, know you know what it is like to be black with no rights.” Indeed she has often said that all the bad stuff now being done to whites was practiced on blacks first and the failure of whites to stand up for blacks is now playing out as the inevitable consequence.

The author has done a compelling job of both demonstrating personal street work and direct ground truth observation and interviews — and research deepening his book, for example, there are more people in prison in the USA today than the Soviet Union ever had in its gulags, or were ever slaves before the Civil War.

Interestingly, because my other hero on  this front is Sidney Powell, who has documented how the federal government lied so deeply that ever person representing the government should have lost their license to practice law, the author observes that the Arthur Anderson and Enron debacles were so deep that they led the Department of Justice to literally give up on prosecuting the rich or major firms.  Too big to fail is actually too rich to chase, the federal government no longer represents the public interest, and has converted crimes meriting lifetimes in jail to civil suits where money buys impunity.

Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, is the original architect of the policy that gave the wealthy a free pass. By converting major financial and corporate crimes to a civil instead of  a criminal process, Holder made fines part of the cost of doing business, and incentivized bigger broader crimes. The individual executives got the message: they were immune from jail time or personal accountability. Since 2008 not a single high-ranking executive from any financial institution has gone to jail.

In passing the author documents a specific case in which short sellers with hundreds of millions on the line can destroy companies with impunity, with false reports, intimidation and deception and other crimes, simply to ensure their bad judgement pays off.

Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury obstructed justice on multiple occasions.

At the bottom, the Department of Homeland Security runs its own court system — like the Center for Disease Control and its court system that protects pharmaceutical corporations while denying justice to all those killed and sterilized and injured by vaccines, the “justices” that abuse immigrants are not Article III justices.  They are like a private mercenary court that can abuse people with impunity. The author describes many atrocities in this sysem that are far more numerous and destructive across millions of people than the lying that Sidney Powell describes in her book.

I was and remain deeply troubled by the conversion of social services at the state level into a fascist mafia that demands that those asking for aid give up all their rights, and that has converted social services from a sympathetic last resort to a goon squad that can abuse any needy person with impunity.

Impunity is a word that sticks in my mind.  The “system” is not only rigged for the rich, it is OUT OF CONTROL for the poor and the middle class, and I keep coming back to the idea  that Donald Trump is never going to clean this mess up, it needs a shit kicker willing to put 1,000 policemen and 1,000 “social workers' in jail. At a minimum I believe we need to remove all judicial proceedings from the unqualified OUT OF CONTROL DHS and CDC systems, and massively clean up while also expand our Article III courts and rid our Courts of Vatican and Zionist and CIA compromise.

A MAJOR part of this must be the elimination of all police arrests based on the mission creep that essentially allows the police to arrest anyone for literally standing on the sidewalk at midnight with no one present.  The alleged crime is “obstructing pedestrian traffic.” I do not make this shit up.  Bill DeBlasio and Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Guliani should all be investigated, tried, and convicted for all these abuses of the public in the aggregate and never again allowed to serve in public office. They have led the way — along with Zionist training that teaches our police to treat us as “cockroaches,” and budget-building exercises that demand that “crimes” be identified even as crime has gone down year after year, so our poorly paid police can work overtime and earn a living wage.

On the one hand, the courts have made it easy for police to brutalize people and get away with it because individual police records are restricted and lawyers are not allowed to obtain a history of the individual police brutality suspect.

On the other hand, our police are clearly underpaid and badly trained, which is to say, they are no longer trained to do community policing and take a bullet for a citizen, but rather to do predatory pervasive drag-nets that haul in people in grotesque violation of the 4th amendment, without any probable cause what-so-ever, and then blackmail those individuals into giving up their rights or go to jail pending trial. Civil asset forfeiture is another consequence of underfunded policing and inattentive or compromised judges.

I learn about “ghosts,” undercover police who are everywhere and call in uniformed police to make arrests based on what are more often than not completely erroneous assumptions that ruin people lives because, like Bill Clinton's blow job, “they can.”

Last but not least, there is gold in this book for the Trump campaign.  Despite Obama's many crimes on the open borders front, including flying in  tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian illegal immigrants, he evidently also oversaw the growth of the most brutal anti-immigrant gestapo in the history of humanity. I give the author Matt Taibbi, who is inherent left of center, huge credit for documenting the fact that compared to Donald Trump, Barack Obama is Idi Amin and Trump is at worst Nelson Mandela.

For the context see these two reviews:

Review: Griftopia–Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Review: The Fruits of Graft

For specifics on federal cheating when they do go after big organizations:

Review: Licensed to Lie – Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice by Sidney Powell (Trump Revolution Book 41) with Mike Flynn As Current Victim of Unethical Prosecutors

For the ethical solution that only a voting public can demand:

Review: The Conservative Sensibility by George F. Will – Handbook for an American Renaissance

To achieve that solution:

#UNRIG Shout-Out to President Donald Trump

This is without question a six-star book because it goes to the heart of what it means to live in the land of the free (allegedly). The author makes it clear that in the USA, justice is not fair — the rich get to steal trillions and destroy HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS lives (e.g. with interest and currency rate manipulation, exploding individual clients with impunity) – while the poor get beaten, fined, jailed, and repeat, simply for being so poor that the police can abuse them with impunity.

We are not America  the Beautiful. We are America the Beast.  Time to fix this.


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