POWER, INC.: Public and Private Rulers and How to Make Them Accountable by Morton & Jerry S. Cohen Blintz

POWER, INC.: Public and Private Rulers and How to Make Them Accountable

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The authors of America, Inc. (1972), lawyer Cohen and Washington Post reporter blintz, offer a fat rehash of scandals, abuses and coverups in public and private spheres under the general rubric of violated accountability. The range is ambitious--secrecy, concentration of power, conflicts of interest and jeopardy to life and environment, as posed by Presidents, judges, oil cartels, physicians, corporations, etc., etc. But there is scant sense of proportion: petty ripoffs by Blue Cross employees come alongside major sabotage of public transportation development, Post Office overcharging next to US-sponsored coups against sovereign governments. The exposes are a hodgepodge of old news (CIA money to the National Student Association and the AFL-CIO) plus equally familiar Naderesque charges against mining companies and the like. Connoisseurs will, in fact, find the authors' muckrake a blunted one. For example, they approach the press in terms of ""greed,"" advertiser pressure and biased columnists without examining editors' and owners' ""conflicts of interest"" or the role of the media vis-a-vis issues like Vietnam. A few concluding pages are devoted to a new remedy for evasions of accountability--a Constitutional amendment fostering citizens' lawsuits against violations of public welfare. A compendium of nasties.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Viking