About This Blog

Trying to make it in today’s America is like trying to win a rigged game in a casino: The tables have been tampered with, and the rules have been set to favor the owners of the casino at your expense. Bankers, politicians, and big business leaders have systematically structured the system so they get more wealth and power and you get screwed.

For us to fight back, two things need to happen.

First, people have to be made aware of what’s going on. That’s a challenge because much of this takes place in ways that are designed not to be seen. Few people understand how corporations use lobbying to stack the deck in their favor, for example, or how our modern debt-based money system is designed to steal value from the dollars in your pocket.

Second, people need to know what to do about it. When you open your eyes to the way the system is rigged in almost every area of your life, it’s easy to feel powerless, and that struggle is futile. But the truth is, we can all fight back, on an individual and collective level.

This blog was created both to raise awareness and to give people the tools they need to fight back.

About Lee Travis

When people talk about living the American Dream, they could easily be describing me: A small business owner with a wife, two kids, two dogs and a house with a white picket fence in the suburbs. But I realized long ago that my kids, and millions of others like them, would never have a chance to realize their own dreams because a small group of greedy businesspeople and self-serving politicians had rigged the rules in their favor.

In response, I wrote a book called “How You Got Screwed,” which will be released by Skyhorse Publishing in January 2018. In the meantime, I’ll write at this blog, and will soon launch a site called Defiant Living, which will offer regular reports on how the game has been rigged and what you can do about it.

Lee Travis, by the way, is an alias. It was the name of the public identity of one of the world’s first superheroes, The Crimson Avenger. Lee Walter Travis was a newspaper publisher who saw the injustice in the world, so he went undercover in order to right the wrongs he couldn’t fix as a journalist. I took the name because I, too, feel the need to right the wrongs I see – or at least to make people aware of them.