Table of ContentsIntroduction: Profits before PeoplePart I: A Middle Class Requires DemocracyChapter 1: There Is No "Free" MarketChapter 2: How We the People Create the Middle ClassChapter 3: The Rise of the CorporatocracyPart II: Democracy Requires a Middle ClassChapter 4: The Myth of the Greedy FoundersChapter 5: Thomas Paine against the FreeloadersChapter 6: Taxation without RepresentationChapter 7: James Madison vs. the Business of WarChapter 8: FDR and the Economic RoyalistsAddendum: FDR's 1936 SpeechPart III: Governing for We the PeopleChapter 9: Too Important for the Private SectorChapter 10: Democracy Requires a Well-Informed CitizenryChapter 11: Social Security is an Anti-Poverty Insurance ProgramChapter 12: Medicine for Health, not ProfitChapter 13: Setting the Rules of the GameChapter 14: Leveling the Playing Field
Thom Hartmann is the host of a nationally syndicated Air America Radio program and is the author of eighteen books, including The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight- The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late; We the People- A Call to Take Back America; What Would Jefferson Do?, and Unequal Protection- The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights.
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life
in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores
why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the
product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with
enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom's great work, it
helps show us the way forward."
-Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
"Once again, Thom Hartmann hits the bull's eye with a much needed expose of the so-called 'free market.' Anyone concerned about the future of our nation needs to read Screwed now."
-Michael Toms, Founding President, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and author of A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy
"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the 'cons' have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
- Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine
"Thom Hartmann's book explains in simple language and with concrete research the details of the Neo-con's war against the American middle class. It proves what many have intuited and serves to remind us that without a healthy, employed, and vital middle class, America is no more than the richest Third World country on the planet."
- Peter Coyote, Actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall
"The powers that be are running roughshod over the powers that OUGHT to be. Hartmann tells us what went wrong - and what you and I can do to help set American right again."
-Jim Hightower, National Radio Commentator, Writer, Public Speaker, and author of the bestselling Thieves in High Places
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America's middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
- David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World