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The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank
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Feb 08, 12

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Read from January 06 to February 08, 2012 — I own a copy

This is a very depressing book, if you're concerned for the future of America. Frank lays out a comprehensive examination of the conservative style of government- or, rather, misgovernment. His sense of humor alleviates, but does not wipe away the bitter taste of the truth. If you're a liberal, and you're concerned about the future of this country, you should read this book.
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Thomas Frank
“Libertarianism is good because it helps conservatives pass off a patently probusiness political agenda as a noble bid for human freedom. Whatever we may think of libertarianism as a set of ideas, practically speaking, it is a doctrine that owes its visibility to the obvious charms it holds for the wealthy and the powerful. The reason we have so many well-funded libertarians in American these days is not because libertarianism suddenly acquired an enormous grassroots following, but because it appeals to those who are able to fund ideas. Like social Darwinism and Christian Science before it, libertarianism flatters the successful and rationalizes their core beliefs about the world. They warm to the libertarian idea that taxation is theft because they themselves don’t like to pay taxes. They fancy the libertarian notion that regulation is communist because they themselves find regulation intrusive and annoying. Libertarianism is a politics born to be subsidized. In the “free market of ideas,” it is a sure winner.”
Thomas Frank, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

Thomas Frank
“Corruption is uniquely reprehensible in a democracy because it violates the system's first principle, which we all learned back in the sunshiny days of elementary school: that the government exist to serve the public, not particular companies or individuals or even elected officials. ”
Thomas Frank, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule


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