From Robert Reich: http://robertreich.org/post/132819483625
Sunday, November 8, 2015
I’ve just returned from three weeks in “red” America.
It was ostensibly a book tour but I wanted to talk with conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers.
intended to put into practice what I tell my students – that the best
way to learn is to talk with people who disagree you. I wanted to learn
from red America, and hoped they’d also learn a bit from me (and perhaps
also buy my book).
But something odd happened. It turned out that
many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with
much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.
most condemned what they called “crony capitalism,” by which they mean
big corporations getting sweetheart deals from the government because of
lobbying and campaign contributions.
I met with group of small
farmers in Missouri who were livid about growth of “factory farms” owned
and run by big corporations, that abused land and cattle, damaged the
environment, and ultimately harmed consumers.
They claimed giant
food processors were using their monopoly power to squeeze the farmers
dry, and the government was doing squat about it because of Big
I met in Cincinnati with Republican
small-business owners who are still hurting from the bursting of the
housing bubble and the bailout of Wall Street.
I suggested that big Wall Street banks be busted up – “any bank that’s
too big to fail is too big, period” – I got loud applause.
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