Greider's Secrets of the Temple showed the power of the Federal Reserve as it ran the country throughout the 1980s. Now he describes the reality of how Washington really decides most everything--decisions that shape all our lives and are kept beyond our control. TV tie-in with a 3-hour PBS television special "Who Will Tell the People", hosted by ...Read MoreGreider's Secrets of the Temple showed the power of the Federal Reserve as it ran the country throughout the 1980s. Now he describes the reality of how Washington really decides most everything--decisions that shape all our lives and are kept beyond our control. TV tie-in with a 3-hour PBS television special "Who Will Tell the People", hosted by the author.nalRead Less
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William Greider used to give me cause to hope for democracy in America. Since the ascendancy of William Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush and now Barack Hussein Obama, Greider's works are no longer sufficient.
I read this book in 1993, in the youth of the first Clinton administration, when things were bad and getting worse but had not yet gone entirely down the drain. Greider's work, then and now, shows us what the best of 'mainstream' journalism looks like, for Greider's work, then and now, is the best of what the old school could produce -- which is to say that Greider's work is very good indeed.
Sadly, America ignored its William Greiders and followed George W. Bush through the looking glass. The world that 'Who will tell the People' relates to is now behind us, on the other side of the mirror. As our national clock ticks off the passage of years, fewer and fewer Americans will recall what the old world looked like -- what its hopes and aspirations were, exactly, and what they made possible that now may never be realized.
The worth of Greider's work today, then, is principally as an example. The new model of journalism that America seems set to adopt -- corporate funded media -- is preposterous on its face. Those who think and truly believe that corporations will write grants to fund hard-hitting articles about the virtues of organized labor and the vices of capitalism may wear their irons contentedly, but the rest of us will have to find another way.
Read this book. Learn a little of what went wrong on the other side of the looking glass. The future will demand of us all we can learn of the past.
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