The Influence Machine

The Influence Machine An illuminating history and groundbreaking investigation tracing how a single trade organization turned itself into the most dangerous political weapon in America When Americans hear the words Chamber of Commerce, many still think of the local business associations that spruce up Main Streets and sponsor Little League teams around the country But the United States Chamber of Commerce is a different animal altogether The Chamber was originally founded to give big business a voice during the long and now almost inconceivable period in American history that saw the rise of workers rights, consumer protections, and environmental awareness as national priorities But over time, driven by an antigovernment ideology and its desire for financial and political power, the Chamber metastasized into a fighting force designed to protect the worst excesses of American industry.The Chamber, through its veiled corporate sponsors, can take credit for some of the most disturbing trends in American life the reversal of environmental protections, the destruction of unions and worker protections, the rise of virulent antigovernment ideology, the enlarged role of money in campaigns, and the creation of astroturf movements as cover for a corporate agenda Through its propaganda, lobbying, and campaign cash, the Chamber has created a right wing monster that even it struggles to control, a conservative movement that is destabilizing American democracy as never before.The Influence Machine tells this history as a series of gripping narratives that take us into the backrooms of Washington, where the battles over how our country is run and regulated are fought, and then out into the world, where we see how the Chamber s campaigns play out in real lives In the end, Alyssa Katz reveals the hidden weaknesses of this seeming juggernaut and shows how its antidemocratic agenda can be reversed. Read The Influence Machine By Alyssa Katz – rarefishingbooks.co.uk The Influence Machine is an interesting book but its hard to really figure out the take home message of the book The writer goes through many examples of how the U.S Chamber of Commerce has been helpful in the past but then to how it has been detrimental in the present Much of the book was spent dinging the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Tod Donohue and his allies for their many wrongs In sum this probably was about one hundred pages worth of material It all came in a negative light The Influence Machine is an interesting book but its hard to really figure out the take home message of the book The writer goes through many examples of how the U.S Chamber of Commerce has been helpful in the past but then to how it has been detrimental in the present Much of the book was spent dinging the President of the Chamber o
This is an important look at an organization with considerable political and economic power in the United States the U.S Chamber of Commerce It s a relatively recent force, we learn, organized in 1914 at the urging of President William Howard Taft, and only in the 1990s would it take its current shape as a national advocate for the
I ve received an advance copy in exchange of a honest review In my first foray in NetGalley land, I saw this book and had an immediate interest in reading it As an International Studies graduate, the making of politics is always a subject that draw me I m sad to say, it wasn t the book for me In the beginning, I wasn t sure if I was reading an essay or a fiction The writing of Alyssa Katz is really dramatic, she goes directly for the human drama factor and I must say it goes against everyth I ve received an advance copy in exchange of a honest review In my first foray in NetGalley land, I saw this book and had an immediate interest in reading it As a
The U.S Chamber is all mobbed up, awash with rivers of unreported money from corporations seeking to pass harmful special interest legislation and defeat legislators and judges who stand in their way. Super readable account of how the U.S Chamber of Commerce came to be one of the largest shareholders of the U.S Congress Other excellent books on economics