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The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer | [Dean Baker]

The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.
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In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.

©2006 Dean Baker; (P)2006 Polity Audio LLC and Creative Commons

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    Benjamin las vegas, NV, United States 03-26-13
    Benjamin las vegas, NV, United States 03-26-13
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    "total rubbish"
    What disappointed you about The Conservative Nanny State?

    everything


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Baker again?

    no, he is an idiot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sandra Swafford’s performances?

    probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Conservative Nanny State?

    the book was terrible from start to finish. had to return it.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-28-12
    Aaron Santa Monica, CA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Red Harrring I want my time back"

    Liberals like raping children. Raping childern is wrong. There for liberals are wrong. This is how the book goes but replace liberal with conservative and the book does not say they rape children but they use some absurd red harrings. I am a big fan of conservative thought. I want to hear a well thought out rebuttal of the ideas. Unfortunately, this book is not what I was looking for. I want my time back. Stay away.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Glendale, CA, United States 11-22-09
    Heather Glendale, CA, United States 11-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "not persuasive"

    I'm not sure I'm going to get through this one. It purports to be a liberal view of economics, but the arguments are so full of holes, it even annoys me, and I'm very liberal. I don't like the way it's written.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "a good read"

    It's a good book, not without its share of demagogy. But, considering the fact that almost all economy education these days is using the rhetoric that this book combatants, it gives some very good points for thought.

    For those interested in economy and public policy - give it a go. For the internationals, take into account that it is very U.S focused.


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    "The world according to a"

    Let’s see if I can word this right to reflect the contentions of this book:
    The conservative nanny state has joined with the conservative nanny press to make sure that the conservative nanny doctor gets paid more than the poor put upon dishwasher. Then by means of the conservative nanny protection of copyright and patent laws is guaranteeing the conservative nanny business person to be protected from me selling what he has patented, which I should be able to. All this also guarantees that the conservative nanny state keeps the government from efficiently and with great care providing health care for everyone and world peace for the downtrodden masses of the world.
    Well, at least they are consistent by giving this book away. Usually I have enjoyed the books that I have gotten for free from audible, but this drivel is the exception. In this case, you get what you pay for.

    7 of 30 people found this review helpful
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