individuals or families that each had net wealth in e#cess of =,,,. <y 44, the number had risen precipitously to 3. And by 44, the $orbes survey reported the staggering total of 44>> This
of wealth taking place at the top has occurred and will continue to occur while waves of beggars flood onto the streets, and thousands of farmers lose their farms. -t is neither fate nor coincidence that these events are occurring simultaneously. Tremendous profits continue to flow into the bank accounts of the super rich even during supposedly poor economic periods. ?nless facts such as these become /common knowledge/, economic $eudalism will continue to be an integral aspect of the status "uo.
*hy isn't the general public aware of these facts8
9imply because the richest ! own virtually all of the media, and have little difficulty controlling the content and coloration of television and newspaper information reaching the public. The superficial and often distorted picture of reality offered by newspapers and television's 2 second sound bites has traditionally contributed little to the e#posure of America's hidden reality. -n no less a fashion, the maor publishing houses have, like a circle of protective elephants, provided a wall of defense around the e#isting status "uo and the elite who profit from it. -n short, Americans are being deceived and seduced into clinging to unrealistic concepts served up through the mass media by the very people who are e#ploiting the nation. $acts that would have e#posed the true nature of present day America rarely get presented through newspapers or television. -nstead, they surface in maga&ines such as the @conomist, $orbes, $ortune, -nsight, and The *all 9treet ournal which are read almost e#clusively by the economic elite and their sympathi&ers. oreover, the speciali&ed economic argon and ever changing /bu&&words/ used throughout these publications poses yet another barrier preventing the published facts from becoming widely appreciated.
Conse3uently this book has been written to present the reader with a comprehensive but seemingly radical perspective o$ America!s hidden reality based on and supported by $acts e"tracted almost e"clusively $rom the conservative pro4establishment publications