Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges

“The cult of self dominates our cultural landscape.  This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt.  This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations.  It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism.”

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This Is How We Got Trump

emire    “Functional illiteracy in North Ameria is epidemic.  There are 7 million illiterate Americans. Another 27 million are unable to read well enough to complete a job application, and 30 million can’t read a simple sentence.  There are some 50 million who read at a fourth-or fifth-grade level.  Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate – a figure that is growing by more than 2 million a year.  A third of high-school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives, and neither do 42 percent of college graduates.  In 2007, 80 percent of the families in the United States did not buy or read a book.”

Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion.

IN 2007, 80 PERCENT OF THE FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES DID NOT BUY OR READ A BOOK.