the worst decade

…the reactionary Bush era was just the worst of times.

I declare it the decade of the American oligarchs.

Juan Cole:

We have always had robber barons in American politics, but the Neoliberal moment created a new social class. At about 1.3 million adults, it is not too large to have some cohesive interests, and its corporations, lobbyists, and other institutions allow it to intervene systematically in politics.

It owns 45 percent of the privately held wealth and is heading toward 50….