Word of the Day: Economics Cont’d

Word of the Day: Economics Cont’d

Two weeks ago, we offered you a few nonfiction suggestions to cultivate a more nuanced understanding of the Occupy Wall Street discussion.

Today, we have another excellent reading recommendation for patrons interested in learning more about America's economic condition, in this case, as it relates to law.

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
by Glenn Greenwald 

Over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.

Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.

"Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak." -Kirkus Reviews

"Greenwald, called one of the '25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media' by Forbes and a 'blogosphere superstar' by Mother Jones, is just the guy to write this book. Not for legalists only." -Library Journal


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