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Hidden Power by Charles Derber

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CHAPTER 4CRACKS IN THE REGIME

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I have conversations with my students that run something like this:

ME: Is our current corporate regime going to crack up?

STUDENT A: No. Americans are just too comfortable right now.

STUDENT B: And they voted to re-elect George W. Bush, the ultimate corporate president.

ME: Do you see any cracks or crises that might eventually lead to regime change?

STUDENT C: Ibet that economic and social problems—like jobs and health care—could eventually cause real problems.

STUDENT D: And the war in Iraq or other wars could help bankrupt the country.

ME: How bad do you think things will have to get before we see regime change? 97

STUDENT E: I think it will take another Great Depression.

MANY STUDENTS AT ONCE: She’s right! ...

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