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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.
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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.
no, he is an idiot.
the book was terrible from start to finish. had to return it.
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.
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.
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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