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Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann

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CHAPTER 6Make Members of Congress Wear NASCAR Patches

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

I STARTED MY FIRST BUSINESS AT THE AGE OF 17 WITH $25. I PAID that amount to rent a shelf in a head shop (which sold mostly pipes, bongs, and cigarette papers) across the street from Michigan State University in East Lansing. The shelf had a sign: “The Electronics Joint—leave your stereo or TV here for repair, and we’ll return it fixed within a week. Free estimate of charges before work is done.” The guy who ran the head shop ...

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