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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
United States Cultural Piece is a work of non fiction by author Richard Baraka, focusing on modern cultural issues. In the wake of the current political climate, Baraka discusses the importance of money and funding in the modern American political system, and the perpetuation of ruling class and capitalist ideals because of the funding incentives of the few elite. His work looks back over America’s history of allowing what he terms ‘dark money’ to keep placing ineffective leaders into power, right up to the contemporary situation, and the effects that this system has on morality and everyday life. The overall aim of the piece is more hopeful, however, aiming to educate the more humanistically minded as to how the system has worked in the past and how it could be altered in the future.
As a young humanist thinker myself, this short volume hits the nail on the head of much of what I already know, and I admire the way Richard Baraka explains the concepts in clear, concise terms. With regard to the aim of educating his readers so that they might better understand how the financial system of America perpetuates its political ideals, I found the work well organized and well explained with the use of past examples and present situations. Despite the dire truth explained within its pages, Baraka writes with a real hope for future generations to change this way of thinking. Overall, I’d definitely recommend United States Cultural Piece to any reader discontented with the current political situation in the USA.