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The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman
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Jun 08, 08

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Read in January, 2008

The weakness of this book is that it is largely preaching to the choir. Yes, the national Republican Party is run by a bunch of lying bastards who hate minorities, the poor, democracy, and Christianity. BUT...you've either accepted that or you've closed your eyes in denial. Writing a partisan tract isn't going to change anyone's mind.

The best part of the book is a history of the evolution of the Republican party in the twentieth century. Krugman layers this with comparisons of how the economy is doing through the years. So, for example, he examines how Republican politicos say high tax rates are bad and compares this with how the economy in high tax eras was actually quite good. He also examines how the modern Republican party success since the Civil Rights Act passed is heavily based on wooing the racist Southern voter, and he obviously spent some time researching this particular area.

I think that history is the strongest thread, but Krugman talks about other things as well. He spends some time on the Democratic party, some time on health care, and he interweaves a sense of what being a liberal means to him.
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message 1: by Joe (new) - rated it 4 stars

Joe Sounds great. I always love me some Krugman ranting. You might also enjoy his more economic critique of the Bush administration titled The Great Unraveling.


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