- By Kevin Phillips

Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics

  • Title: Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics
  • Author: Kevin Phillips
  • ISBN: 9780316706025
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Arrogant Capital Washington Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics Everyone knows that Washington is completely out of touch with the rest of the country Now Kevin Phillips whose bestselling books have prophesied the major watersheds of American party politics tell

    Everyone knows that Washington is completely out of touch with the rest of the country Now Kevin Phillips, whose bestselling books have prophesied the major watersheds of American party politics, tells us why Washington mired in bureaucracy, captured by the money power of Wall Street, and dominated by 90,000 lobbyists, 60,000 lawyers, and the largest concentration of sEveryone knows that Washington is completely out of touch with the rest of the country Now Kevin Phillips, whose bestselling books have prophesied the major watersheds of American party politics, tells us why Washington mired in bureaucracy, captured by the money power of Wall Street, and dominated by 90,000 lobbyists, 60,000 lawyers, and the largest concentration of special interests the world has ever seen has become the albatross that Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers feared a swollen capital city feeding off the country it should be governing Throughout most of our history, the genius of American politics was that ballot revolutions every generation swept out failed establishments and created new ones Now that can no longer happen Feared and even hated by a majority of the citizenry, Permanent Washington has dug in Using history as a chilling warning, Kevin Phillips parallels the present atrophy to that of formerly mighty and arrogant capitals like Rome, Madrid, andAmsterdamUnchecked, Washington will like other great powers before it lead the country to its inevitable decline and fall To work again, Washington must be purged and revitalized In his unique blueprint for a political upheaval, Kevin Phillips puts Washington on notice by sounding a cry for immediate action, offering us a wide variety of remedies some quasi revolutionary, others moderate, but all sure to be controversial.

    1 thought on “Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics

    1. Kevin Phillips, an astute, conservative, politica1 commentator, worries that a deep economic shift has occurred in the United States portending ominous changes in the future. Much of corporate downsizing and "leaning out" benefits speculators, lobbyists, investment bankers, and stock brokers, but does not create jobs or increase the employment base of the country. "Firms once committed to long term thinking now faced money managers and speculators little concerned about existence beyond the life [...]

    2. This book was written fifteen years ago when the author was a regular commentator on NPR and Bill Clinton had been in office two years. At the time I half dismissed him as a Republican Clinton basher, but a careful reading of this book now reveals even more talent at political analysis and prognostication than I had come to respect in him from reading his more recent books.In this one Phillips examines the growing frustration in America regarding its federal government. Not only does he convinci [...]

    3. Pretty radical views but lots of validity mixed in. I couldn't read it all, it got too far into the trees for me, but it's an interesting collection of perspectives.

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