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The Middle Class Comeback:

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Women, Millennials and Technology Leading the Way


In a time when the one percenters seem to have it all, author Munir Moon builds a case for the average Joe in his eye-opening new book, The Middle Class Comeback. So take heart and take control of your fears with Moon’s informative–and ultimately inspiring–look at the middle class.

While it is true that the middle class has been consistently squeezed while facing higher costs in health care, housing, education, and taxes, there are many positive developments that spell hope for those making a moderate income.

Moon, a former financial-industry executive and current business owner, uses his years of expertise to paint a portrait of the middle class that is not nearly as grim as the media would have you believe.

With clarity and insight, Moon details the ways in which the middle class is setting itself up for a comeback. This includes the increasingly strong presence of women in society; the rise of technology that will both create high-paying jobs and inspire different ways of approaching basic societal pillars; and the imminent takeover of the millennials, a generation that is poised to tackle our nation’s problems in a whole new way.

The Middle Class Comeback counters the negativity of the dominant narrative surrounding the past, present, and most importantly the future of the American middle class. Despite the doom and gloom making headlines, there are major forces working together: the rising power of women and millennials combined with rapid technological advances will prove that the middle class is ripe for a comeback.

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The Middle Class Comeback

Friday, August 19th, 2016

August 19, 2016 – The middle class is getting crushed. But there is hope. The most common argument about the middle class destruction is the declining or stagnant income, which is true. However, the main culprits are the costs of healthcare, education, and housing that have increased at a much higher rate, making it impossible for an average American family to attain a middle-class lifestyle (see chart below). Furthermore, the tax policies have exacerbated the problem by creating after-tax income and wealth inequality, favoring the non-working income taxed at a lower rate than the working income. Despite the doom and gloom about the middle class making headlines, there are three major forces working together—women, millennials, and technology, which provide hope for the future.

Change in Income vs Cost of Healthcare, Housing and College 1986 -2013 (more…)

The Independents Are Coming

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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September 13, 2015 – The Republican and Democratic parties have mostly offered the regular party insiders as potential candidates for the 2016 presidential election. Both parties’ insider candidates are busy campaigning against each other and are focused on dividing the country. They are engaged in tired old political rhetoric of fear and seem to be more worried about the Middle East than Main Street America. Democrats and Republicans both look towards Wall Street and the military industrial complex to solve our problems. All the while, our leaders have been stealing from our kids and have mortgaged their future to fulfill their insatiable appetite for spending. Therefore, it should not be a surprise to see the popularity of Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders from the Democratic side. (more…)

The Beltway Beast – 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Political Science – Non-fiction Category


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June 26, 2015—Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, were announced this evening at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, INDIEFAB winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation with more than 1,500 entries in 63 categories.

Link to the Award’s Website

The Beltway Beast review by the Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Dec 10, 2014 – A political treatise that laments how America’s democracy inadequately represents its citizens and calls for the creation of a third party.

In his debut effort, Moon catalogs a host of familiar ailments that he believes currently infect the body politic, including corruption, fiscal irresponsibility, a chronically under-performing educational system, monumental debt and partisan stalemates. However, he unconventionally identifies the principal political challenge of our time as the disenfranchisement of citizens, particularly neglected minorities. He marshals impressive statistical evidence in favor of his thesis that government aggrandizement has come at the expense of voter power. (more…)

The Beltway Beast review by the San Francisco Book Review

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

According to a Gallup poll in October 2013, only 26% believe that two major parties adequately represent Americans, and 60% of Americans think a third party is needed. This book is designed to be a platform for the 74% of Americans who are yearning for an option outside of the two-party monopoly.

And so, Munir Moon succinctly states the purpose for his excellent, thoughtful book. There is a bit of a trend recently in books that look to re-invent the clearly flawed political systems in the Western democracies. (You may disagree with that statement, or at least the latter part of it, but do keep reading.) As I write this review, the number one best-seller in the UK is Russell Brand’s Revolution. Brand calls for a boycott of all established institutions, including a refusal to cast votes in elections contested among elite parties. So in many ways, both Moon and Brand are coming from the same place while heading in only slightly different directions. (more…)

Illogical Logic of Our Iraq Policy

Monday, November 17th, 2014

November 17, 2014 – We attacked Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11 to remove Saddam Hussein who presumably represented a potential threat to us by having weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Even though there was no imminent threat to the homeland, our leaders decided to make it so and off we went to attack a sovereign nation. We found out later that he had no WMDs and had nothing to do with 9/11 as acknowledged by then President Bush. In the meantime, the narrative was changed and the attack became a freedom agenda for the Middle East instead of protecting American people from a potential threat. The project was called Operation Iraqi Freedom. Never mind that the Iraqis did not ask us to free them, nor did the American people authorize our government to do so. Furthermore, our leaders then decided to occupy Iraq and build a nation in the western image and democracy, ignoring thousands of years of Middle Eastern history. (more…)

The Beltway Beast review by the FOREWORD REVIEWS

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

October 30, 2014 – The Beltway Beast: A Challenge to Our Democracy by Munir Moon is a concise look at a litany of problems with the American political system—and a glimpse at a possible solution.

Moon’s main goal is to argue against political polarization. Rather than pointing a finger at one party, individual, issue, or belief system, Moon attacks the beast that is Washington, DC: “the Military-Industrial Complex, multinational corporations, lobbyists, media, and Congress.” If it feels like a lot to tackle in one slim volume, it is; but Moon puts all these oft-discussed issues in one place in order to prime Americans for his proposed solution: a third party.

Moon asserts that The People’s Party of America could help restore balance. The PPA, as Moon presents it, would be people-centered, focusing on “equality, fairness, freedom, and justice.” Throughout the book, Moon presents practical details behind those abstractions—but he doesn’t provide all the specifics, as this is to be an open movement, a community rather than one man’s opinion. (more…)

The Beltway Beast

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 – One cannot underestimate the power of the Beltway Beast, whose tentacles tap into every city, county, and state. But there is so much more to the Beltway Beast’s immensity and complexity. The Beltway consists of Washington, D.C., and surrounding counties, and the Beast includes defense contractors, lobbyists, Wall Street, think tanks, advocacy groups, journalists, foreign agents, and everyone else who wants something from our government. All of these congregate in the Beltway and are actively engaged in soliciting legislative favors and taxpayers’ money. Then there is Congress and the White House, which both need the lobbyists and Wall Street for campaign funds. All of these groups are living in a bubble that makes the Beltway Beast. (more…)

Freedom to Choose our Leaders

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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We are supposed to be a democracy “of the people, for the people, and by the people.” U.S. lawmakers are all for more competition–just as long as they do not have to compete. This reality is underscored by the incumbency rate of almost 80% in the House and the Senate since 1964, according to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics. (more…)