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How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

John Hope Bryant

It's very difficult to find a book that feels like both a sermon and a self help journal in one.

That's what Bryant's latest book does. On every page, you hear a call to the consciousness of America and every struggling American. It's a voice that rings loud and true: America is a land of opportunity for all people. But first you have to believe in yourself. "Half of poverty," says Bryant, "is a lack of self confidence. Itís a lack of confidence in your self. Itís a lack of belief. If you do not know who you are in the morning by dinnertime someone is going to tell you." So begins Bryant with the rousing air that makes you sit up and listen, like a sweating preacher in a hot church.

He's speaking the language of everyday people: He often reminds them that thereís a difference in being broke and being poor. Being broke is economic, yes. But being poor is a disabling frame of mind and a depressed condition of your spirit. And you must vow to never be poor again. If I donít like me Iím not going to like you. If I donít feel good about me Iím not going to feel good about you. So begins his sermon of self empowerment through self belief. And that theme resonates on every page. Inspired by the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bryant lifts your heart and your mind. "Freedom and liberty and justice and fair play are not things; they are feelings!" Freedom, he repeatedly reminds us, is self determination.

Which brings us to the second key element of the Bryant message and movement: The free enterprise system provides all the tools you need to empower yourself. Whatever its flaws, capitalism and inclusion in it, is the only path to rebuilding the middle class in America. He is a staunch believer in the power of banking, finance and business in America, not for its own sake, but for the preservation of the economy for everyone, despite race, color, class or geography.

He doesn't just make that assertion; he then sets forth a practical plan to go from dependency and depression to self reliance and personal growth. A blueprint. A road map. Bryant calls it "the memo." The memo on money and business, which he says most Americans never received. Historically, the drafting of this memorandum was begun by President Lincoln in 1865 after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which he initiated the Freedmen's Bureau Bill -- with the specific intent of bringing the freed slaves in the American system of making money and building business, the American way. Sadly, that memo went undelivered after Lincoln was shot to death. Nearly 100 years later, Dr. King sought to deliver that message in the Poor People's Campaign (not the poor black people's campaign), which fought for jobs and freedom for the struggling classes of America. King too was shot to death, leaving the memo once again, undelivered.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism is intended to delivery the Memo to the teetering classes of American's (a term coined by Bryant to show how poverty knows no class or color).

What an ambition! Through what his organization calls Project 5117, he plans to create the nation's first private banker for the poor, the working class and the struggling middle class. It contains concrete plans for creating a network of bankers and lenders and counselors to teach America the language of money, unabashedly, unapologetically. How to save. How to elevate your credit worthiness. How to start a business. How to keep your house, America's hedge fund. How to think about money. A plan for self improvement using the system we already have in place. So simple, yet such a radical movement of common sense.

If you have a family, if you want to make a brighter future for them and yourself. If you care about your community. Your country. Our future, you have got to read this book. Plan to be inspired. Plan to be moved. As Bryant sees it, this is a movement for the soul of America, no less than the fight for Civil Rights and equal opportunity. It's a rare vision and a rare voice. Listen to it. See it for yourself.
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