Amid accusations of widespread gerrymandering, Mitt Romney emerged in 2012 as the 45th President of the United States. Outraged students in New York organized protests in the weeks that followed. On December 22, 2012, during a heated march on Wall Street and with missteps made on all sides, a private security firm found itself surrounded by a densely packed student protestAmid accusations of widespread gerrymandering, Mitt Romney emerged in 2012 as the 45th President of the United States. Outraged students in New York organized protests in the weeks that followed. On December 22, 2012, during a heated march on Wall Street and with missteps made on all sides, a private security firm found itself surrounded by a densely packed student protest. The security guards panicked when the crowd threatened to overrun them in front of the stock exchange, unleashing a barrage of automatic gunfire on the demonstrators. A staggering loss of life ensued that horrified New York and pushed the city toward anarchy. A group of survivors of that massacre clandestinely formed the December 22nd movement, which vowed to take revenge against the corporate security that shot into the crowd that day on Wall Street. The founding members of December 22nd also forged a plan to attack the political forces that manipulated the 2012 election. And so in the early months of 2013, the reign of terror of December 22nd rose up like a specter over the political landscape of America.http://www.zeitgeistmag.org/Show more Show less...
|Title||:||look what greed did|
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|Number of Pages||:||270 Pages|
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look what greed did Reviews
The title sets the tone for this imaginative and incisive novel. The United States swings to the Right on the back of a series of judicial pronouncements that serve to disenfranchise large swathes of the population. A groundswell of opposition determine to make their stand. A tragic but random event ignites the latent discontent into a resistance movement, and resonates in ever widening ripples to become one of those epoch defining triggers that somehow take on a life of their own and thereby evolve into cause and effect markers of history.Keefe does it the hard way: he avoids the usual convention of investing an emotional baggage in a main protagonist but instead allows the various characters the space to unfold their mayhem to the reader as each active player asserts their personal rationale and perspective. Some readers may find this structure to be disjointed or uncomfortable. On the contrary, I found the format only added to the dramatic thrust of the narrative, like a sharply edited cinema piece, pulling readers first one way and then the other.Look What Greed Did is also elevated above the mundane 'Big Brother' thriller by Keefe's introduction of various themes of political philosophy; the central tenets of American Liberal-Democracy, Locke's analysis of property and hereditary wealth, consensus and the responsibility to conform vis a vis the duty to dissent. I particularly appreciated the proposition that the power-elites of modern America enjoy a self-perpetuating status within a closed loop system that has evolved, and yet largely replicates, the strict hierarchical certainty of Feudal Europe. And, when one man's terrorist is another's Freedom Fighter, we are prompted to consider how far a citizen should stretch to comply with a status quo where the lawful authorities have corrupted their purpose so as to subvert the core principles from whence they seek to draw their authority or, at least, their recourse to demand obedience from their subjects.If you enjoy an action-packed thriller, this one's for you - but expect to find any complacency in your own point of view to be challenged by this thought-provoking book.
More Hollywood Classic than character-driven indie, Look What Greed Did is an ambitious novel that often moves with lightening speed. It questions the difference between revolution and terrorism and uses narrators from multiple viewpoints to try to expose possible differentiating characteristics. I wish author Steve Keefe had been willing to take sides, not because I wanted a polemical debate, but because it might have provided a richer perspective than was developed.Nonetheless, Look What Greed Did engages readers in the chaos that ensues when political figures are protected, not by secret service, but by hired guns. There's death and mayhem and many a love triangle as the young college-age protesters seek first justice and then revenge. Heavy themes are explored: gun laws, capitalism (especially as it is practiced in medical and educational settings), the possibility of comets hitting the planet.If you like thrillers, this book is for you. Billed as a dystopia on goodreads, where it was gifted to me in exchange for this review, I was anticipating a more focused fear on cultural elements, but this is not a character-driven, nor contemplative novel. It's more Stephen King than Aldous Huxley.As noted in another review, there are a number of typos and stylistic oddities, like the author's use of the word quote in oral rather than written ways, but at the speed you'll read this, most of that shouldn't matter.