Subj: Democratic Capitalism
Date: 11/14/2004 12;33;02 PM Eastern Standard Time
I finally decided to sit down and read your book. I just completed it and wanted to let you know how impressed I am. It’s an extraordinary accomplishment, and I gained much insight from reading it—and studying it. What a marvelous legacy you have left.
I was so pleased that you put so much of yourself into the book. The story of your own career was revealing and meaningful. It gave authenticity to the rest of the book. I had previously read your draft of the play and found the final version engrossing, poignant, and saddening.
I had never seen your account on the Enron debacle before and found it the most complete analysis that I have read. Your explanation of ultra-capitalism makes so much sense. I just did not realize how much Wall Street has been able to dominate us.
Peter Drucker is one of my favorite writers. His work was one of the pillars of my class. So I particularly agreed with your references to his writing. Condorcet was unfamiliar to me, and I thank you for introducing him to me.
Finally, I agree with you on the doctrine of preemption and the danger of the neocon ideologues. I am a lifelong Republican, but I could not support Bush. I am deeply concerned about America’s role in the world and the future of our grandchildren. Your message and proposals offer hope, but I’m afraid that we are too interested in easy, short-term solutions.
I salute you for your magnificent effort. It is work that should be of great pride for you and your family. I am so pleased to be listed in the Acknowledgements.
All the best,