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Dylan Ratigan's 'Greedy Bastards' at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of talking with MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan about his new book, "Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry." We had a full house at the Crawford Family Forum. The conversation was lively. The questions from the audience were great. And Ratigan didn't even remotely hold back. We were delighted that we could partner with LA's own Rare Bird Lit to make the event happen.

The book consists of Ratigan's take on a variety of challenges currently facing the country, all brought on by what we decided should be called "greedy bastardism" — there's a bit of the greedy bastard in all of us, but some greedy bastards are greedier than others. For what it's worth, I pointed out that Ratigan is in good company with his indictment of the greedy bastards. He's very upset about how greedy bastards gave us the financial crisis and are wrecking the country. In the aftermath of the Great Depression, John Steinbeck was equally enraged. And even though he would go on to write the "Grapes of Wrath," he thought that the work of journalism was the best way to make his immediate case again the perpetrators of America's misery:

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Dylan Ratigan and the DeBord Report in Pasadena, January 17

I'll be having a conversation with MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan on January 17, at Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum. Ratigan has a new book out, "Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry," which is just as peppery as it sounds. We'll probably be talking LOTS about it. 

You can RSVP for the event here (it's free) if you're planning to be in Pasadena that night. Believe me, Ratigan has a strong point of view on how we wound up in our current financial mess and how we can get ourselves out. He's well worth listening to.

As a taste, I've posted his now-legendary rant on "The Dylan Ratigan Show." He speaks disparagingly of "extraction" and how it's killing the economy. What's extraction?

Come down to the Crawford Family Forum next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and find out!

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