Poor people go to jail in numbers way out of proportion to their numbers, and for offenses that anyone who can pay a lawyer would avoid jail time for. Any legal system that allows the biggest thieves in history to walk off scot free is a joke and does not deserve our respect. And documents how miserably the system treats the disadvantaged. Some, as we know, went bankrupt. Many end up in prison due to 'shortcuts' used in the legal system which rob the defendants of fair trials. It would have been nice to have policy and judicial change suggestions as this becomes a futile effort ending in the same disgust and greed that the author points out adnauseum. The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.
Taibbi's greatest talent as a writer is his ability to convey extremely complicated topics into ordinary language just about anyone can understand, this is one of the main reasons I was a big fan of his over at Rolling Stone. Have you ever heard anyone ranting about how people on welfare need to have mandatory drug testing, when that same person considers the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate blatantly unconstitutional? The message the author was trying to hammer home was very clear, and it speaks well to the book to remain perfectly focused on spreading this message. The rich get massively richer. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime--but it's impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side. One for the wealthy, and one for the rest of us. Obsessed with success and wealth and despising failure and poverty, our society is systematically dividing the population into winners and losers, using institutions like the courts to speed the process.
He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. The first thing that comes across from the very beginning is that Matt Taibbi is very angry. Out of those, 88 percent were black or Hispanic. The Divide is Taibbi's best book, an essential, despairing look at the two completely different ways we prosecute crimes committed by poor people and by super-rich people, primarily because Taibbi's writing itself has matured. The author At the other end of the economic spectrum, the police-judicial system seems to be zooming along on speed or Angel Dust. I don't know, maybe I just need more depth.
Linda and her kids, when I met them, seemed like a family on the run. He takes readers inside not only investment banks, hedge funds and the blood sport of short-sellers, but into the lives of the needy, minorities, street drifters and illegal immigrants. And it is not to say that the system is incapable of locking up seriously bad people. I thought I knew everything that was in this book because I follow all of these issues very closely so I was putting off reading the book. Parental rights can be lost. Yet, the regulators, prosecutors and legislators do nothing to reduce the size of these Godzilla-like corporations, leaving them free to roam the planet leaving a trail of smoking ruins in their wake. Doing that means diving into the tricky world of machine learning and data science.
I guess it's the only choice we have. Yet he seems to recognize the powerful, irreconcilable stigma that jail carries for most upper-class people: 'Sure, the Wall Street bankers committed crimes, but jail? And sometimes legislators and government executives do manage to get something positive, something reasonable, something fair, done. Its documentation is powerful and shocking. Matt Taibbi has written a book which explains in layman's terms how United States citizens and many around the world were conspired against by Wall Street banks, brokers and investment businesses. Large companies can commit obscene frauds --people go on with their lives-- companies pay the fines- but nobody goes to jail.
I'd already learned that the 1% now owns more than 45% of wealth in the U. When Arthur Andersen was actually prosecuted for its crimes, 27,000 people were put out of work. The customers, on the other hand, may never clear their record, which follows them for life. They demand to be corrected. The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.
Don't let Eric Holder's name set your heart a-pounding, though, as both Democrats and Republicans, including each of our last three Presidents, come in for their well-deserved share of the blame for the current shameful situation. Taibbi examines the reasons for this and finds there are several. Newspaper headlines about a massive theft are remarkably absent, and ultimately, unlike the situation with Capone, no one goes to jail. As a result, poor and minority communities are subjected to policies and treatment that would never be considered for, or tolerated by, others. The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest. The Divide is an important book. Thompson -- in favor of a reporting and writing style that can now assertively be called his own.
Taibbi offers plenty of examples. But there really needed to be more of that. The first thing that comes across from the very beginning is that Matt Taibbi is very angry. I think there are countless examples of the inequities of justice that would be more accessible to the masses. I can't imagine that anyone who doesn't already agree with Taibbi would read the book.
Honestly torn between giving a 4 or 2 star review, so I'll just go with the average. . She is the author of two books, and , with Marwan Hisham. The book seems to really want to make everything a parallel between the wealthy getting away with more than poorer people. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.