The Servant Economy

The Servant Economy

Where America's Elite Is Sending the Middle Class

Book - 2012
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Renowned economist Jeff Faux explains why neither party's leaders have a plan to remedy America's unemployment, inequality, or long economic slide

America's political and economic elite spent so long making such terrible decisions that they caused the collapse of 2008. So how can they continue down the same road? The simple answer, that no in charge one wants to publicly acknowledge: because things are still pretty great for the people who run America. It was an accident of history, Jeff Faux explains, that after World War II the U.S. could afford a prosperous middle class, a dominant military, and a booming economic elite at the same time. For the past three decades, all three have been competing, with the middle class always losing. Soon the military will decline as well.

  • The most plausible projections Faux explores foresee a future economy nearly devoid of production and exports, with the most profitable industries existing to solely to serve the wealthiest 1%
  • The author's last book, The Global Class War, sold over 20,000 copies by correctly predicting the permanent decline of our debt-burdened middle class at the hands of our off-shoring executives, out of control financiers, and their friends in Washington
  • Since his last book, Faux is repeatedly asked what either party will do to face these mounting crises. After looking over actual policies, proposed plans, non-partisan reports, and think tank papers, his astonishing conclusion: more of the same.


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Argues that the current economic and political climate in the United States is creating lower income, less opportunity, and hardening class lines, thus causing the dismantling of the middle class dream.

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Renowned economist Jeff Faux explains why neither party's leaders have a plan to remedy America's unemployment, inequality, or long economic slide

America's political and economic elite spent so long making such terrible decisions that they caused the collapse of 2008. So how can they continue down the same road? The simple answer, that no in charge one wants to publicly acknowledge: because things are still pretty great for the people who run America. It was an accident of history, Jeff Faux explains, that after World War II the U.S. could afford a prosperous middle class, a dominant military, and a booming economic elite at the same time. For the past three decades, all three have been competing, with the middle class always losing. Soon the military will decline as well.

  • The most plausible projections Faux explores foresee a future economy nearly devoid of production and exports, with the most profitable industries existing to solely to serve the wealthiest 1%
  • The author's last book, The Global Class War, sold over 20,000 copies by correctly predicting the permanent decline of our debt-burdened middle class at the hands of our off-shoring executives, out of control financiers, and their friends in Washington
  • Since his last book, Faux is repeatedly asked what either party will do to face these mounting crises. After looking over actual policies, proposed plans, non-partisan reports, and think tank papers, his astonishing conclusion: more of the same.


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& Taylor

"Renowned economist Jeff Faux explains why neither party's leaders have a plan to remedy America's unemployment, inequality, or long economic slide. America's political and economic elite spent so long making such terrible decisions that they caused the collapse of 2008. So how can they continue down the same road? The simple answer, that no one in charge wants to publicly acknowledge: because things are still pretty great for the people who run America. It was an accident of history, Jeff Faux explains,that after World War II the U.S. could afford a prosperous middle class, a dominant military, and a booming economic elite at the same time. For the past three decades, all three have been competing, with the middle class always losing. Soon the militarywill decline as well. The most plausible projections Faux explores foresee a future economy nearly devoid of production and exports, with the most profitable industries existing to solely to serve the wealthiest 1%. The author's last book, The Global Class War, sold over 20,000 copies by correctly predicting the permanent decline of our debt-burdened middle class at the hands of our off-shoring executives, out of control financiers, and their friends in Washington Since his last book, Faux is repeatedly asked what either party will do to face these mounting crises. After looking over actual policies, proposed plans, non-partisan reports, and think tank papers, his astonishing conclusion: more of the same"--
"This book will describe, the dismantling of the New Deal profoundly affected the way in which the private corporate sector treated the future as well. Deregulation dramatically shortened the time horizons of American business. Time is money. Banks and investment houses were once again free to use the nation's capital to chase short-term speculative profits. The idea that had been emerging after World War II that corporations were social institutions -- responsible to their employees, suppliers, surrounding communities and other stakeholders -- faded"--

Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2012
ISBN: 9780470182390
0470182393
Branch Call Number: 330.973 F276s
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 24 cm

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Winston4ever
Mar 02, 2015

A must read if you want to understand what is happening now and what will happen in the future in the US economy. His earlier book, written some 6 years ago was full of accurate predictions so this one gets my faith as well. He explains the issues in very clear terms and analogies and you don't have to be a wonk to get it. Word of advice, don't read this as bed time fodder, it will get you too angry... Also read The Global Class War, he points out why we have already lost the class warfare but does suggest, in both books, some possible remedies, however improbable.

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StarGladiator
Jan 12, 2014

(Read this book concurrently with Laura Gottesdiener's, A Dream Foreclosed- - you'll understand why.) This is really a 20-star rated book, where Jeff covers all the bases, showing amply how what remains of the economy has been transformed to serve the .01%. This is one butt-kicker of a book (although I was aware of most of the facts in this outstanding work, there were some items I learned about for the first time, especially the testimony of Alan Greenspan on behalf of financial fraudster, Charles Keating - - most enlightening).

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