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The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman
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May 30, 09

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Read in May, 2009

** spoiler alert ** As is the case with many political books, I could see some accusing Krugman of simply "preaching to the choir," but in reality Krugman writes with a scholarly, even tone that I could imagine convincing even some conservatives. Krugman's book is extremely interesting, not coming across as too dry, and keeps the reader's attention throughout. Perhaps the most stunning revelation is Krugman's assertion that in fact, the Democrats are the true conservative party, in that they want to preserve current institutions (Medicare, Social Security) that are relied on by the American people, and that the Republicans have become the true radical party in America, in that they essentially want to reverse the New Deal and return to what Krugman calls the "Gilded Age," where taxes on the rich were laughable and income disparities left massive amounts of people in poverty while protecting the interests of a few ultra-rich. As this book was written before President Obama's election, certain predictions by Krugman become especially interesting. He predicts things such an opportunity to elect a liberal president (obviously, this has been satisfied by the election of President Obama) and an increase in clamor to reduce income inequality (with the economic crisis in full swing, and fat-cat CEOs becoming widely vilified, I doubt anyone could argue that this hasn't come true). All in all, a great read. It won't convince any of the hardcore right-wingers, but it will confirm what you already knew if you are a liberal and may sway some more moderate people out there.
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