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Billionaires’ Ball

Billionaires' Ball by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks
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Mar 27, 2012 | 280 Pages
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Praise

“Lively, tough-minded, and impeccably researched, Billionaires’ Ball powerfully demonstrates how ruthless political opportunism—as opposed to talent, hard work, or innovation—is helping the rich get richer. The current system, unjust and socially destructive, McQuaig and Brooks argue, sacrifices the interests of the bottom 99 percent (as the Occupy Wall Street movement has described it) to ensure unprecedented wealth and privilege for the 1 percent at the top.”—Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children 

“A devastating exposé of the real-world impact of extreme wealth concentration, from two of our most rigorous, knowledgeable, and humorous chroniclers of corporate excess.”—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
 
“A blistering yet utterly entertaining account of the rampaging growth in economic inequality that is America’s defining feature in the twenty-first century.”—Robert W. McChesney, coauthor of Dollarocracy

“In this breezy and lucid tale of the rise, fall, and return of plutocracy in America, Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks make a compelling case for taxes, especially on the inheritance of great fortunes that could renew American society from one generation to the next.”—James K. Galbraith, author of Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis 

“McQuaig and Brooks give a fascinating account of how many of the country’s super-rich made their fortunes and why they do not deserve them. Billionaires’ Ball will leave readers both better informed and infuriated.”—Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of False Profits

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 Return of the Plutocrats

Chapter 2
Why Pornography Is the Only True Free Market

Chapter 3
Millionaires and the Crash of 1929

Chapter 4 Billionaires and the Crash of 2008

Chapter 5
Why Bill Gates Doesn’t Deserve His Fortune

Chapter 6 Why Other Billionaires Are Even Less Deserving

Chapter 7 Hank Aaron and the Myths about Motivation

Chapter 8
Taking the Fun out of Tax Havens

Chapter 9 Why Billionaires Are Bad for Your Health

Chapter 10 Why Billionaires Are Bad for Democracy

Chapter 11 The True Badge of Citizenship

Chapter 12 Revamping the Ovarian Lottery

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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