Predator Nation - Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America-logo

Predator Nation - Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

Charles H. Ferguson

Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history. · Finance has become America's dominant industry, while manufacturing, even for high technology industries, has nearly disappeared. · The financial sector has become increasingly criminalized, with the widespread fraud that caused the housing bubble going completely unpunished. · Federal tax collections as a share of GDP are at their lowest level in sixty years, with the wealthy and highly profitable corporations enjoying the greatest tax reductions. · Most shockingly, the United States, so long the beacon of opportunity for the ambitious poor, has become one of the world's most unequal and unfair societies. If you're smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren't rich, you're now better off being born in Munich, Germany or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident. Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite. It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers. It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed "reforms" installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers became mere courtiers to the elite. Based on many newly released court filings, it details the exten

Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history. · Finance has become America's dominant industry, while manufacturing, even for high technology industries, has nearly disappeared. · The financial sector has become increasingly criminalized, with the widespread fraud that caused the housing bubble going completely unpunished. · Federal tax collections as a share of GDP are at their lowest level in sixty years, with the wealthy and highly profitable corporations enjoying the greatest tax reductions. · Most shockingly, the United States, so long the beacon of opportunity for the ambitious poor, has become one of the world's most unequal and unfair societies. If you're smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren't rich, you're now better off being born in Munich, Germany or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident. Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite. It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers. It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed "reforms" installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers became mere courtiers to the elite. Based on many newly released court filings, it details the exten
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Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history. · Finance has become America's dominant industry, while manufacturing, even for high technology industries, has nearly disappeared. · The financial sector has become increasingly criminalized, with the widespread fraud that caused the housing bubble going completely unpunished. · Federal tax collections as a share of GDP are at their lowest level in sixty years, with the wealthy and highly profitable corporations enjoying the greatest tax reductions. · Most shockingly, the United States, so long the beacon of opportunity for the ambitious poor, has become one of the world's most unequal and unfair societies. If you're smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren't rich, you're now better off being born in Munich, Germany or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident. Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite. It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers. It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed "reforms" installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers became mere courtiers to the elite. Based on many newly released court filings, it details the exten

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rob Shapiro

Length:

13h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:02


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:28


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:50


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:27


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:34


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:26


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:40


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:37


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:24


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:48


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:48


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:40


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:37


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:00


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:13


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:21


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:20


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:32


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:16


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:25


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:30


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:00


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:49


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:20


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:07


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:48


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:12


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:17


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:27


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:36


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:44


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:33


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:10


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:41


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:31


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:29


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:12


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:42


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:23


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:38


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:47


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:24


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:17


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:54


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:40


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:41


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:43


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:27


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:14


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:42


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:25


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:32