Saving Capitalism Analysis

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Conservatives, unlike Democrats claim that Reich’s book, Saving Capitalism, should not be taken seriously because it is inaccurate, goes against the free market and is based on socialism. In the United States, the candidate, Bernie Sanders addresses capitalism and the free market with strong comments that are a parallel to Robert Reich. With tax rates for the rich at an all time low in history, massive tax breaks and tax loopholes for corporations, the middle class has been ousted from their own government. Bernie Sanders and Reich both understand America is and should be fighting for their waning democracy and the middle class by increasing regulation and taxing corporations. According to Reich and Sander’s ideology, in order to stop the …show more content…
Union power has dwindled and major players like the Koch Brothers can produce an endless supply of cash to persuade lawmakers in their direction. In 2012, voters introduced California Proposition 37 in a crusade against GMO food and lost due to corrupt practices. In California, voters would choose the future of California’s harvest and vote whether or not to label GMO organic labels for food transparency and safety. To respond to the public 's effort for healthier food options, large billion dollar companies, such as Coca Cola, General Mills and Kraft donated $105.8 million dollars to stop Americans from labeling their products. The corporations banded together under the DARK ACT claiming that label transparency would scare consumers away from their products and force them to change their formulas. Congress listened to the band of corporations allowing Americans to ingest “glyphosate”, an herbicide that is found on GMO foods that is linked to “ALS” and “Parkinson’s disease” (Chaufan et al. 3). Despite the 90% of Americans who prefer mandatory GMO labeling, corporations have once again ignored the public interest by finding an exploitative loophole. Thanks to the DARK ACT, Californians are forced to dangerous chemicals that will compromise their health. Furthermore, the DARK ACT lives up to its name and shows the public has lost their political foothold in America. Reich uses the example …show more content…
With a man who generates his political money from small time contributions rather than massive corporations, it is obvious that Bernie’s track history can show he is serious about upholding the middle class. Americans have more in common than they realize, and are losing at the expense of the free market. Sadly, regulating big industries goes against the very grain of what it means to be a conservative. Over time the American Dream as evolved, but the concept of the “Rags to Riches story remains the same. Reich and Sanders believe that Americans, regardless of race, background and creed must unite and realize that they have more in common than the

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