It’s certainly no secret that when left to its own devices capitalism does some things badly or not at all. It’s also no secret the devastating effects unfettered capitalism has had on the middle-class. Despite three decades of economic expansion and growth, historic profits, record productivity, extraordinarily low taxation rates and massive CEO compensation-middle-class incomes have remained stagnated. Consumer protections have eroded; labor unions have been eviscerated and taxpayers spend over eighty-five billion dollars annually on corporate subsidies. These failures resemble Imperial Rome where all the forms of the republic remain in place; however, in this case the actual decisions are being made by the corporatocracy. Republicans defend this model of governance with a distorted rationalization that suggests the right of corporations to freely exchange value supersedes the people’s right to equal and fair representation. This limited worldview believes the self-interests of a corporatocracy-who are intent on dismantling the middleclass and privatizing the economy outweighs the greater interests of our democracy. The consequences of unfettered capitalism are so thoroughly established, visible across so many different measures and so well analyzed, that except for a few ideological crackpots, duped by a deplorable grifter who has escalated the problem-it becomes impossible to ignore just how much the middleclass is getting screwed in the name of job creation, profits, corporate welfare and the endless pursuit of wealth.