[PDF FREE] (The Conscience of a Liberal) By Paul Krugman

  • Hardcover
  • 296
  • The Conscience of a Liberal
  • Paul Krugman
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 9780393060690

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REVIEW â The Conscience of a Liberal With this major new volume Paul Krugman today's most widely read economist studies the past eighty years of American history from the reforms that tamed the harsh ineuality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and pol. It can be interesting and often a little sad to look at political books written three presidential elections ago and see what they predict about the future of America Here Krugman less prophetic in sociology than economics predicted an end to movement conservatism and race baiting Now in the era of Donald Trump we see that although movement conservatism may be mortally wounded it still thrashes about mightily in its death throes and racism alas is still alive and wellPaul Krugman in 2007 argued that the New Deal led to a lessening of ineuality In America which in turn fueled our postwar boom which resulted in a relatively non partisan political atmosphere until the 70 s Since then movement conservatism s methodical dismantling of the social safety net has led to an ever widening income gap and an ever increasing partisanship in politics Krugman thought however that movement conservatism had had its day since the race baiting that has helped it win close elections is rapidly losing its force as America becomes less white and less racist He also argued that a strong push for some form of universal health care during the next administration Obama s first term could restore confidence in government itself and like the New Deal s Social Security help form a liberal consensus for years to comeWell we see how the push for health care turned out Whatever you think of Obamacare I like it myself although I would prefer a single payer system it certainly did not help form any sort of liberal consensusAnd as far as how demographics may alter the power of movement conservatism and demagogues like Trump I think we may have to wait another two presidential elections cycles to find out Which brings us to 2024Me I think the liberal consensus will triumph But I m certainly not going to write a book predicting it

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REVIEW â The Conscience of a Liberal Rp political social and economic analysis This book written with Krugman's trademark ability to explain complex issues simply will transform the debate about American social policy in much the same way as did John Kenneth Galbraith's deeply influential book The Affluent Socie. What s with the well reasoned arguments and incontrovertible facts Paul Enough with the evidence and studies I mean why do you want to show that your arguments are correct with actual data Jeez But seriously folks Krugman writes like the really good teaching economist that he is This book rocksHe s got a great if not entirely original dissection of the right wing movement s growth Ditto arguments on income ineuality and health care He s got this great teaching manner that is just so dang reasonable makes for good readingBesides the excellent writing and analysis the most heartening thing about the book is how liberal elitists like Krugman have concluded that income ineuality is American society s greatest challenge Thinkers like Krugman now support unions and income redistribution Indeed unions are central to their policy prescriptionsIt didn t used to be this way Krugman hadn t been a fan of labor unions in his earlier career I saw someone ask him about that at a forum I was at He said Sometimes you don t know what you had until its gone Well said The book shows how the right wing movement systematically targeted labor unions in order to advance their agenda Meanwhile the democratic party is only now just beginning to realize that selling labor down the river is a suicidal electoral strategyKrugman still won t say that NAFTA was a giant mistake but his views are evolving fast It s only a matter of timeAnyway the shift in liberal elite thinking is great there s only one problem factual arguments aren t what wins It s all about politicalmovement power Being right helps but it s not a necessary condition to winning policy change I m happy that the thinking is shifting but it s going to take a whole lot than booksAnd Krugman knows it He s all about building our movement His book will certainly help Great read Watching Spirits know what you had until its gone Well said The book shows how the right wing movement systematically targeted labor unions in order to advance their agenda Meanwhile the democratic party is only now just beginning to realize that selling labor down the river is a suicidal electoral strategyKrugman still won t say that NAFTA was a giant mistake but his views are evolving fast It s only a matter of timeAnyway the shift in liberal elite thinking is great there s only one problem factual arguments aren t what wins It s all about politicalmovement power Being right helps but it s not a necessary condition to winning policy change I m happy that the thinking is shifting but it s going to take a whole lot than booksAnd Krugman House of Gold knows it He s all about building our movement His book will certainly help Great read

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REVIEW â The Conscience of a Liberal Itical ineuality since the 1970s Seeking to understand both what happened to middle class America and what it will take to achieve a new New Deal Krugman has created his finest book to date a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sha. In this book Krugman starts to note that under democracy in a country with high level of ineuality the victory in elections will always belong to the candidate with progressive views about taxation That s a result known as Median voter theorem But why this doesn t happen in the United States Krugman went to the end of nineteenth century to show that in the Gilded Age America was uneual and still elected politicians associated with the interests of elites Then he explains that it is possible because the candidates focus on the uestions which divide the poor as customs traditions and other things that opposed the Catholic in urban areas and Protestants in rural areasThe time goes and the politicians are making the same strategy but in nowadays the main tool to divide the poor is the race Krugman claims that the Republican Party establishment build a movement through think tanks and a heavy use of dog whistle politics in order to advance the conservative agenda in tax and public spending Therefore you vote for law and order and obtain tax cuts for the riches and small spending in public education and healthThe solution raised by Krugman is the recovery of liberal agenda in the form of FDR s New Deal The challenge for Americans is creating as Roosevelt did a middle class society with less ineuality and opportunities The model was post war America not Gilded AgeThe book was written in 2007 but is still relevant Unfortunately the left in the West is totally lost in uestions about gender and race while the economic issues are forgotten As a result liberals can t talk in the same language of working class and the conseuence of this alienation is the association of low income voters with far right politicians This is happening in Brazil and in some countries of Europe Apparently it s happening in the United States too Brave New Knits known as Median voter theorem But why this doesn t happen in the United States Krugman went to the end of nineteenth century to show that in the Gilded Age America was uneual and still elected politicians associated with the interests of elites Then he explains that it is possible because the candidates focus on the uestions which divide the poor as customs traditions and other things that opposed the Catholic in urban areas and Protestants in rural areasThe time goes and the politicians are making the same strategy but in nowadays the main tool to divide the poor is the race Krugman claims that the Republican Party establishment build a movement through think tanks and a heavy use of dog whistle politics in order to advance the conservative agenda in tax and public spending Therefore you vote for law and order and obtain tax cuts for the riches and small spending in public education and healthThe solution raised by Krugman is the recovery of liberal agenda in the form of FDR s New Deal The challenge for Americans is creating as Roosevelt did a middle class society with less ineuality and opportunities The model was post war America not Gilded AgeThe book was written in 2007 but is still relevant Unfortunately the left in the West is totally lost in uestions about gender and race while the economic issues are forgotten As a result liberals can t talk in the same language of working class and the conseuence of this alienation is the association of low income voters with far right politicians This is happening in Brazil and in some countries of Europe Apparently it s happening in the United States too