I have appreciated the reporting of Matt Taibbi since he published “The Great Derangement” in 2009. His very human reaction to the nonsense we all see around us is refreshing. His ability to give voice to the frustrations of the common man and woman is just as exemplary here as in the past. He really sees a power and economic elite run amok and no systemic method for curtailing their excesses.
The various swindles, deceptions, and outright crimes are breathtaking in their breadth and their depth. I can only say when someone robs me I want them to use a gun. Not the case at present. We have a system that is intimidating the masses, placing more people in jail than ever in history, and failing to share in the wealth of all or labor and our other resources.
“The Divide” is focused on trying to explain how the power elites have gotten way with all they have done. The Department of Justice has allowed white collar crime to go unchecked, yet has aggressively stalked those on the lower end of the political/economic/social/racial divide. He juxtaposes this with the “other” justice system the opposite end of the wealth spectrum is subject to. Those with money are hard to imprison, even though they may deserve it, elsewhere we are stopping, frisking, and incarcerating more and more of the less wealthy.
Matt Taibbi, as is the case with most journalists, is at his best when he focuses on the individual story, the singular person, or the specific incident. To his credit, however, he is a keen analyst who also does well at illuminating the larger picture. He has investigated deeply for this book, and it shows. It is a lengthy and weighty tome, but a powerful, evocative, and significant study.