©2006 Dean Baker; (P)2006 Polity Audio LLC and Creative Commons
A clear and direct book that points out flaws in conservative policy and suggests possible alternatives. This book addresses issues such as protectionism for certain professions, unnecessarily high CEO pay, medical insurance, language tricks used by conservatives to promote their agenda (e.g. "free trade" agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA are not designed to promote free trade), and many others. Assertions made in the book as supported by a large number of studies noted in the reference section. The book (including figures and references) is also available for (free) on-line reading at the book's website: http://www.conservativenannystate.com/
This is a "must read" book for anyone who wants to understand the deeply rooted reason for many of the current political and economic problems.
... are unable to tell us why. If the book is "so full of holes", you would expect them to at least point one out.
Dean Baker has been consistently right about matters economic, and this book tells you why.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The premise of the book is the Conservatives in the United States have been able to frame the discussions on budget by claiming that they want less government, and the Liberals want more. In reality both want as much government, it's just the Conservative's want their government to protect the business interests and the 1% with tax breaks, protectionism and corporate welfare. The Liberals want the government to help the middle class and poor.
Things that did soak through my addled brain were:
1. We need to stand up to the Conservatives and re frame the discussion on their "less government" stance.
2. One of the reasons our healthcare system is in trouble is the salaries paid to doctors are higher than any where else in the world and the fact the government frowns on too many doctors from other countries practicing here. Same for lawyers and CEO's salaries are out the roof.
3. Mr. Baker wants to do away with patents and install a system of vouchers so entrepreneurs can be paid for their work. (Didn't understand where the money would come from, but understand the idea that people like Bill Gates made an exorbitant profit from his patents.)
The best part of this book is the new ideas that are coming to change the way we do business. I am not sure if they will all work but I welcome the innovation.
I enjoyed the narration and liked the way the footnotes were handled.
This book is a serious economic policy assessment of what conservatives actually do in exact contradiction to what they say. The narrative is coherent, consistent and very clear. The book is an excellent defense against the most outrageous lies that conservatives keep telling the American people. The solutions the book proposes are very positive and necessary if we are to restore equality or genuine democracy.
This book is trying to intentionally push ideas of what is possible. The point is not the political viabilies of different economic ideas, but reality that different ideas exist. Yes there would be some unintended consequences, but there are unintended consequences now. The author is intentionally trying to push conservatives buttons and there is fair amount of snark and humor (most of which is lost in the reading.)
I did like the way footnotes were handled.
...on protectionism and welfare for the rich. Important and deeply connected to a wealth of publicly available evidence. May take a second listen to fully reveal the gems locked within. The journey, however, is well worth the effort.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
An interesting look at modern politics and some it's biggest contradictions, what happen to be many in number.
I think someone who believes that the conservative agenda is flawed may find this mildly interesting.
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The audio quality of the is book is on par with everything else on this service, excellent. The narrator was also of a high quality as expected. The fact that this was a free title was quite obvious immediately. The story is by far the worst part of the title. This is not an audible problem, you can only do so much with the material you are given. In this case, the material was far below the standard you might expect from a child's picture book. If the author's other works are on par with this title, then I have culled my authors by one.
The person who wrote this book obviously has little to no understand of economics beyond a high school level. Their attempts --while admirable-- to reframe the discussion of economics in this country rapidly devolves into prepackaged political diatribes instead of an examination of the data. In fact, I will be so bold as to say that you will find more facts and fewer assumptions in a Michael Moore movie than you in this title. To make matters worse the reader Sandra Swafford has more in common with the kindle book reader than I would like. I understand it is free, but there is no excuse for how bad this title is.
This recording seems to drone on and on. The last 40+ minutes is a bibliography.
These two facts alone are major downsides to the recording, and whatever good ideas may be here are lost when the listener tunes out.
The bibliography should have been put in a PDF and linked instead of recorded.
This is probably worth a listen if you want to expand your horizons and have a lot of time on your hands.
I would not say that I have a particularly strong leaning either left or right, but I felt that this was paper-thin. I have not journeyed (too) far into this audiobook as I found it tiresome from early on. It makes confident statements about the negative aspects of capitalism without really explaining the rationale behind its apparent evilness. We then find ourselves given a short, positive alternative without explanation.
It doesn't feel as though the writer has gone to lengths to justify his perspective of the world, nor to deride the alternative.
Imagine the general musings from a trade union agitator-slash-conspiracy theorist that people politely ignore in the local pub.
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