I liked this book, but I did not enjoy reading it. It opened my eyes to things that perhaps I don’t want to think about. It reminded me what a shitty deal the Native Americans got, how hard it is for people in the impoverished inner cities to break out and be successful, how easy it is for people to abuse undocumented migrant farm workers, and how the extraction industries lay waste to the environment as they rip coal, oil or other resources from the earth.
With the benefit of hindsight, I do think his rah-rah opinion of the occupy movement was off base. As best I can see, it’s dead. I googled it right before writing this and there wasn’t much going on at all. The tea party, on the other hand, is still with us – and having an influence on politics and policy. I feel the disorganized and chaotic nature of the occupy folks described in the book as positives are the very reason they have so little presence and influence now.