Synopses & Reviews
Democracy is being destroyed by an ancient evil, and modernity is in denial. In the Tyranny of Greed, Timothy K. Kuhner reveals the United States to be a government by and for the wealthy, with Trump — the spirit of infinite greed — at its helm. Taking readers on a tour through evolutionary biology, psychology, and biblical sources, Kuhner explores how democracy emerged from religious and revolutionary awakenings. He argues that to overcome Trump's regime and establish real democracy, we must reconnect with that radical heritage. Our political tradition demands a revolution against corruption.
"[Timothy Kuhner] explains how and why so many Americans have come to tolerate and justify a plutocratic system with the values of greed and corruption that it sanctions. Kuhner's penetrating analysis calculates the enormous costs of our ideological complacency in spiritual, psychological, legal, cultural, and environmental terms. Everyone should heed his call for a revolutionary solution." John T. Jost, Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior, New York University, author of A Theory of System Justification
"Tapping into a deeper awareness, Kuhner helps us recognize this dark time for what it really is — an opportunity for rebirth. Yes, I feel shaken, but also awakened. The more people who read this book, the more transformative our national conversation will become." Frances Moore Lappé, bestselling author or co-author of nineteen books, from Diet for a Small Planet to Daring Democracy (with Adam Eichen)
"A fabulous read! If you want to know why Trump is a demon and, more importantly, why that demon also lies within us and our politics, you must read this book." Joo-Cheong Tham, Professor, Melbourne Law School, author of Money in Politics: The Democracy We Can't Afford and co-editor of The Funding of Political Parties
"What does Donald Trump's rise to power say about the United States and the culture of greed and corruption? Tim Kuhner courageously takes on that question in this important, timely, and thought-provoking book. I highly recommend it." John Bonifaz, constitutional attorney, Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People, co-author of The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump
About the Author
Timothy K. Kuhner is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution (SUP, 2014).