Must Read Books:
Who Will Tell the People

Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy. by William Greider. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Note: The following are notes from the above book. I found the book seminal, eye-opening, life-changing. I recommend that you buy and read the entire book. Only by reading the entire book will you get the whole picture. The following quotes, I hope, will whet your appetite. --Colby Glass


(see Greider's Secrets of the Temple about the Federal Reserve system.)

"The blunt message of this book is that American democracy is in much deeper trouble than most people wish to acknowledge... What exists behind the formal shell is a systematic breakdown of the shared civic values we call democracy" (11).

"The connective tissues that in different ways once linked ordinary people to governing-- political parties, the media, the secondary mediating institutions--no longer function reliably" (12).

"Democratic expectations are now confined and debilitated by the new power relationships that surround government and are buried in the everyday context of the nation's politics-- tacit understandings that determine who has political power and who doesn't" (12).

"...why the actual condition of democracy is difficult to grasp is that the form and facade of self-government remain elaborately in place... the mechanics of electoral democracy are now more highly developed (and more costly) than at any other time in history" (13).

"...the democratic problem originates from a different source--the politics of governing, not the politics of winning elections... the practical questions of how and why some interests are allowed to dominate the government's decision making while others are excluded" (13).

"These [are] the basic tenets of the civic faith: