Issue 05 – May 2010

Current Affairs Essay
Free Market Elitists Gone Wild!!  By John F. Miglio
Featured Books
Last Words: A Memoir  By George Carlin with Tony Hendra
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Recommended Reads
Goodnight, Brian  By Steven Manchester
The Mine  By Daniel R. Cobb
The Friday Night Club  By Jacob Nelson Lurie
The Entrepreneur Guide U.S. 2010 Edition  By Owen O. Daniels
Golden's Rule  By C. E. Edmonson
A World Away: The Quest of Dan Clay  By T.J. Smith
The Harrowing Escape: The Quest of Dan Clay (Book II)  By T.J. Smith
Winter  By Maneesh Sharma
Soul's Infarct  By Diamela Eltit & Paz Errazuriz
A Worthy Legacy  By Tomi Akinyanmi
Dangerous Liaisons  By Michael D'Ambrosio
Shroud of Beckoning  By Deb Woody
Shadows and Not  By Sara Brown
America's Suicidal Statecraft  By James Cumes
The Handkerchief  By Julian Stark
The End of the 19th Century  By Eric Larsen
Up Close: A Mother's View  By Fiona Yaron-Field
Secrets Revealed  By Sheshena Pledger
A Case of Wild Justice  By Yvonne Jerrold
What Can We Do Next? TheAdventures of Lexi and Lolly  By Toula Magi
The Survivors  By Derek Laurens
Lizard's Lair  By Derek Laurens
My Angels Are Come  By Art Stump
Ghost Tango  By Janeen Ledford
The Declaration of White Independence:
      The Founding Documents of Transudationism
  By Kyle McDermott
The Naked Earth  By Jonathan Adam DeCoteau
Awaken and Arise!  By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D.
One Time in Paris  By Wade Stevenson
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder  By Vincent Bugliosi
The Eye of Icarus  By Michael D'Ambrosio
Prodigal of the Pecos  By C.E. Edmonson
Dolphins Under My Bed  By Sandra Clayton
Hermetica  By Paul Kiritsis

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,” click here.

 

Goodnight, Brian
By Steven Manchester


www.StevenManchester.com
(Fiction)
Inspirational story about how a woman’s faith and unconditional love help her grandson to lead a normal life after he is poisoned by a toxic soy formula and given little hope by his doctors.

The Mine
By Daniel R. Cobb


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Engaging thriller about an idealistic biologist who fights state corruption and corporate fraud perpetrated by a ruthless gold mining company.

The Friday Night Club
By Jacob Nelson Lurie


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
An irreverent coming of age story of a young man who must choose between continuing his hedonistic lifestyle or settling down and getting married.

The Entrepreneur Guide
U.S. 2010 Edition

By Owen O. Daniels


www.amazon.com
(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive book filled with information and answers about everything one needs to start and maintain a business.

Golden’s Rule
By C. E. Edmonson


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Compelling story about a modern-day girl battling cancer who finds inspiration by reading the diary of a 14-year-old slave girl from the 1800s.

A World Away: The
Quest of Dan Clay

By T.J. Smith


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Exciting story in the tradition of The Chronicles of Narnia about a young man and his three friends who embark on an out-of-this world journey where they are hunted by savage beasts along the footpath to a demonic castle.

The Harrowing Escape:
The Quest of Dan Clay (Book II)

By T.J. Smith


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
The saga continues as Dan Clay and his companions continue their quest to locate Dan’s brother in a parallel world filled with savage beasts and half-man, half-serpent creatures.

Winter
By Maneesh Sharma


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced thriller about a predator with otherworldly talents who has a penchant for killing women and stealing fine art.

Soul’s Infarct
By Diamela Eltit & Paz Errazuriz


www.amazon.com
(Nonfiction)
Unique and penetrating examination through text and photographs of love among marginalized individuals in a notorious Chilean psychiatric hospital.

A Worthy Legacy
By Tomi Akinyanmi


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Touching and lyrical account about a dying Nigerian man and his practical wisdom for living life to the fullest.

Dangerous Liaisons
By Michael D’Ambrosio


www.amazon.com
(Science Fiction)
In this action-packed sequel to The Eye of Icarus, Lieutenant Will Saris and his new bride are caught in a web of treachery where no one, including the Space Fleet, can be trusted.

Shroud of Beckoning
By Deb Woody


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Thought-provoking supernatural tale about a four-year-old who is possessed by a demonic spirit.

Shadows and Not
By Sara Brown


www.amazon.com
(Poetry)
Soul-searching poetry anthology that illuminates the human condition.

America’s Suicidal Statecraft
By James Cumes


www.amazon.com
(Nonfiction)
Well researched and documented examination of the self-destructive policies of the United States.

The Handkerchief
By Julian Stark


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
An intimate and probing love story that examines the breadth and depth of love and passion between two people.

The End of the 19th Century
By Eric Larsen


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Imposing lyrical epic about a Midwestern family’s journey through time and space.

Up Close: A Mother’s View
By Fiona Yaron-Field


www.amazon.com
(Nonfiction)
A touching and meditative memoir of a mother and her disabled daughter told through pictures and commentary.

Secrets Revealed
By Sheshena Pledger


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Gritty crime noir tale about a notorious crime family’s feud with its biggest rival.

A Case of Wild Justice
By Yvonne Jerrold


www.yvonnejerrold.com
(Fiction)
An intriguing story about a group of senior citizens who fight back against crime and vandalism in their neighborhood by becoming human booby traps.

What Can We Do Next? The
Adventures of Lexi and Lolly

By Toula Magi


www.ToulaMagi.com
(Fiction)
Delightful children’s story about the adventures of a little girl and her imaginary friend.

The Survivors
By Derek Laurens


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced sci-fi adventure about the crew of a space cruiser that lands on a distant planet inhabited by savage humanoids.

Lizard’s Lair
By Derek Laurens


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
The novella prequel to the sci-fi adventure, The Survivors.

My Angels Are Come
By Art Stump


www.clumsyducks.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful and candid day-to-day journal of how the author dealt with and survived prostate cancer.

Ghost Tango
By Janeen Ledford


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Intriguing account of a female teacher in a male prison for violent felons.

The Declaration of White Independence: The Founding Documents of Transudationism
By Kyle McDermott


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Controversial examination of race, religion, and spiritual evolution.

Awaken and Arise!
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D.


www.planetaryascension.net
(Autobiography)
Fascinating, mystical life journey devoted to spirituality, self-discovery and planetary ascension.

One Time in Paris
By Wade Stevenson


www.amazon.com
(Memoir)
&nbsp An engaging and passionate account of a young man’s adventures and romances in 1960s Paris.

The Eye of Icarus
By Michael D’Ambrosio


www.publishersdrive.com
(Science Fiction)
Exciting story of an ambitious young officer who embarks on his first space mission that sets off a chain of events that not only changes his life but much of the universe
as well.

Prodigal of the Pecos
By C.E. Edmonson


www.pecosbooks.com
(Fiction)
Gritty Western tale about a man who returns home after many years to find the land of his birth embroiled in a bitter and deadly
land war.

Dolphins Under My Bed
By Sandra Clayton


www.dolphinsundermybed.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational memoir of how two baby boomers transform their lives by quitting their jobs and living on a sailboat.

Hermetica
By Paul Kiritsis


www.paulkiritsis.com
(Poetry)
Thought provoking collection of personal myths, legends, and poems centered on Egyptian and classical mythology.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Press Release Services: Submit Press Release, Online Distribution Services.
• LitPitch: Place to read books online for free and for authors to pitch book ideas and get feedback.
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

 

Free Market Elitists
Gone Wild!!

By John F. Miglio

We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

— Tyler Durden

Last month there was a video clip circulating of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush walking amidst the wreckage in Haiti and shaking hands with the survivors of the earthquake.

Clinton, of course, was totally in his element. Bush, on the other hand, looked more than a little uncomfortable walking through the slums surrounded by hundreds of wide-eyed desperate black people.

At one point in the clip Bush shakes hands with a Haitian guy and then nonchalantly wipes his paw on Clinton’s shirt. I assume the guy Bush shook hands with had a sweaty palm and Bush wanted to wipe the guy’s perspiration from his hand.

But on Clinton’s shirt? Would you wipe your sweaty paw on a former president’s shirt? Well, maybe on Clinton’s shirt-but you know what I mean. It’s a pretty indelicate thing to do.

This is not new for Bush. There is another video of him wiping his reading glasses on a female stage manager’s skirt on David Letterman’s show. No one made a big deal about it. Actually, compared to what Bush did to the country for the eight years he was in office, it was a trifle.

In fact, most commentators in the mainstream media sloughed if off as just one more stupid Bush faux pas. You know what a dumb ass old George is� hah, hah, hah!

No argument there. But I think there’s more to it than that. What Bush did to Clinton and to Letterman’s stage manager is emblematic of a distinct and despicable brand of elitism that began when Ronald Reagan, the “amiable dunce,” became president.

Backed by influential individuals like Milton Freidman, William F. Buckley Jr., and other conservative luminaries who hated FDR for being a “liberal” and a “socialist,” Reagan was tasked to sell the so-called virtues of “self interest” and the “free market” to the mass public. And so he did.

This led to a reverse kind of noblesse oblige during Reagan’s two terms in office, continued during the Bush Senior/ Clinton years, and reached its nastiest incarnation during the Bush Junior years. By then the elite class viewed average Americans as pathetic schlubs, not worthy of anything other than their scorn or indifference. Lost your home? Read the fine print next time! Lost your job? Tough titty! Don’t have affordable health care? Use the emergency room!

And this carried over to all areas of the culture. When super elitist golfer Tiger Woods got caught cheating on his wife, he said he felt “entitled” to his extra-curricular sexual liaisons. In other words, I’m not just a working stiff like the rest of you– I’m rich, I’m famous, I’ve got the backing of corporate America� I’m entitled.

In a way it reminds me of the line in the History of the World: Part One where Mel Brooks says, “It’s good to be the king!” as he skeet shoots commoners flying through the air for his amusement.

For decades, many Americans bought into this economic philosophy, thinking maybe they too could be rich and famous someday. As Donald Trump once observed: “The average guy doesn’t hate me; he wants to be me.” And though I hate to admit it, Trump was right.

Since the 1980s many average Americans were convinced that becoming rich and famous was the crowning glory in a capitalist society, even if it meant selling one’s soul, or committing a little fraud. Moreover, they were convinced that anyone could do it in America if they had a dream and just tried hard enough.

Unfortunately, this delusional mind set, promoted by the corporate media and the self-help gurus, defied not only logic but common sense. Worse, it allowed the upper one percent of the population to get rich beyond their wildest dreams without any serious blowback from the general population, who were still faithfully “visualizing” their success, writing down daily affirmations, and patiently awaiting their turn to become rich and famous– despite the fact that the probability of this occurring was roughly the same as winning the lottery or going to Vegas and walking off with millions.

Nevertheless, they continued to wait� and wait� until finally a cold dose of reality hit them in the face when the financial markets melted down in 2008. Suddenly they began to lose their jobs and their homes and they wondered what the hell went wrong with the program.

Slowly but surely, these average working stiffs began to wake from their dreams of becoming “the next Donald Trump” and realize they had been played for chumps by the ruling class and the corporate media. How cruel and unfair the free market can be, they must have thought as they watched their 401K plans dwindle like the sands in an hour glass. As a result, their love and admiration for the rich and famous quickly turned to distrust and hostility.

In light of this sea change, you’d think the big hedge fund operators and investment bankers on Wall Street would cool it for a while with their gigantic salaries, especially after the taxpayer bailouts and subsequent antipathy shown toward the CEOs of companies like Citibank and Goldman Sachs-not to mention the public display of outright hatred for Bernie Madoff.

But alas, they haven’t changed their ways (notwithstanding the allegations of fraud and the recent Congressional investigations of Goldman Sachs) and continue to feel entitled to their extraordinary salaries, even though they do nothing to create jobs or manufacture products. As a matter of fact, all they really do is buy and sell stocks and commodities and make lots of money for themselves and their rich clients.

And how much do these guys make? There was a recent story in Bloomberg news about how the top 25 hedge fund operators in the U.S. earned over $11.8 billion in 2008, with the top one, James Simon, raking in an astronomical $2.5 billion just for himself.

To put this in perspective, the median yearly salary of a medical doctor in the United States today is roughly $200,000, which is a lot more than the median salary of most Americans, who earn roughly $42,000 a year. Now I don’t care how smart or clever a hedge fund operator is, there’s something very wrong with an economic system that not only allows an individual to make $2.5 billion manipulating stocks and commodities, but creates an environment where he feels entitled to it, even during the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.

And it’s not just the elitists on Wall Street who feel entitled; it’s also the CEOs of multinational companies whose salaries have continued to go up despite the current recession. Even worse, these same CEOs, many of whom make tens of millions of dollars per year, continue to export American jobs while at the same time blocking or sabotaging any type of pro-worker legislation.

What’s more, the corporations they represent continue to get away with paying very little in taxes, thanks to loopholes in the tax code written by their shyster lawyers and lobbyists and rubber stamped by the politicians they hold in their pockets “like so many nickels and dimes.”

And how bad is it? According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office, “Two-thirds of American corporations paid no taxes in 2005.” Once again, this is all part of the free market paradigm, which rewards the rich and well connected at the expense of everyone else. Or as the super rich heiress and “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley once proclaimed: “Only the little people pay taxes.”

Thus, with a system as unfair and corrupt as ours, and, until recently, with a populace as deluded about the benefits of capitalism as ours, is it any wonder that free market elitists have gone wild and feel entitled to glom billions of dollars while millions are broke and out of work?

And is it any wonder that George W. Bush, the quintessential, well-connected elitist who ran the country into the ground financially and ethically during his time in office, would feel entitled to wipe his sweaty hand on an ex-president’s shirt?

Sure, it’s funny-like something out of a Mel Brooks movie-but it’s no joke. The super rich and well-connected have been doing it to average citizens in the U.S. for over three decades.

The question is-have average citizens finally wised up and gotten pissed off enough to demand a fairer economic system? Or are they still going to allow themselves to be used as human towels by guys like George W. Bush?

 

 

 

Featured Books

 

Buy Last Words: A Memoir by George Carlin
Last Words: A Memoir
By George Carlin with Tony Hendra


Master comedian/satirist George Carlin takes us on a wild ride as he recounts his turbulent life and ground-breaking career with great candor and trademark humor.

 

Buy The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Michael Parenti
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion
of the people.

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

 

Buy Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio
Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

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Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• PEN.org: “An association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship.”
• TruthDig.com: “Hard-hitting investigative journalism.”
• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

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