Reading ‘Flat Broke in the Free Market’, by Jon Jeter, 2009

“The new world economy does not need the strong backs of men, it does however, need the comfort of (prostitutes). Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People, Jon Jeter, p. 44

Outrage. Depressing. Inspiring. Page after page of hard to swallow reality. A reality that I am now in … this Ghost Kingdom that was born into, and have now dragged my family into. A borderless land of “estranged working people” that have more in common with each other regardless of whether they’re from Chicago or Bangalore, Rio or Toronto, than they do with their fellow countrymen

From globalization, privatization, and broken down families, this book lays out all that has transpired since the 1970s to make the story of Oliver Twist and Fagan’s band of orphans roaming the streets looking for the next fat wallet, the story of us all.

It’s enough to radicalize a white (formerly middle class) male. In another time, it gave birth to the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, and terrorists. What will come next?

“You’ve got to pick a pocket or two, dear …you’ve got to pick a pocket or two!”


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