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The conscience of a liberal, Paul Krugman

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The conscience of a liberal
Title
The conscience of a liberal
Statement of responsibility
Paul Krugman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Today's most widely read economist challenges America to reclaim the values that made it great. Here he studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality 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 woven together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis. This book, written with Krugman's trademark ability to explain complex issues simply, may transform the debate about American social policy.--From publisher description
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Economist and New York Times columnist Krugman's stimulating manifesto aims to galvanize today's progressives the way Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative did right-wingers in 1964. Krugman's great theme is economic equality and the liberal politics that support it. “America's post-war middle-class society” was not the automatic product of a free-market economy, he writes, but “was created... by the policies of the Roosevelt Administration.” By strengthening labor unions and taxing the rich to fund redistributive programs like Social Security and Medicare, the New Deal consensus narrowed the income gap, lifted the working class out of poverty and made the economy boom. Things went awry, Krugman contends, with the Republican Party's takeover by “movement conservatism,” practicing a politics of “deception [and] distraction” to advance the interests of the wealthy. Conservative initiatives to cut taxes for the rich, dismantle social programs and demolish unions, he argues, have led to sharply rising inequality, with the incomes of the wealthiest soaring while those of most workers stagnate. Krugman's accessible, stylishly presented argument deftly combines economic data with social and political analysis; his account of the racial politics driving conservative successes is especially sharp. The result is a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 17, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 37, p46)
  • In this eloquent defense of liberalism, New York Times op-ed columnist Krugman (economics; Princeton Univ.; The Great Unraveling ) drafts a blueprint for progressive political change. His central theme is that current liberals are actually politically conservative because they want to preserve and expand upon the effective policies of Roosevelt's New Deal. Conversely, the Republican Party, in his view, has today been taken over by "movement conservatives" whose chief goal is to dismantle the New Deal. Arguing that trends are shifting in favor of liberal and progressive approaches to governing, Krugman provides a perceptive critique of why Clinton's 1993 health insurance proposal failed and how liberals can avoid the same mistakes. His themes are similar to those expressed by Douglas Massey in Return of the "L" Word and Robert Reich in Reason , but Krugman is better able to explain his views to a general readership. The book will be in great demand in both public and academic libraries and may even lead some readers to Krugman's more scholarly writings. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/07.]—Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA --Thomas A. Karel (Reviewed November 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 19, p71)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
210151
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DLC
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Krugman, Paul R
Dewey number
339.2/20973
Index
index present
LC call number
HC110.I5
LC item number
K74 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Income distribution
  • Equality
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The conscience of a liberal, Paul Krugman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The way we were -- The long Gilded Age -- The great compression -- The politics of the welfare state -- The sixties : a troubled prosperity -- Movement conservatism -- The great divergence -- The politics of inequality -- Weapons of mass distraction -- The new politics of equality -- The health care imperative -- Confronting inequality -- The conscience of a liberal
Control code
650951
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780393060690
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007034334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393060690
  • (OCoLC)154706837
Label
The conscience of a liberal, Paul Krugman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The way we were -- The long Gilded Age -- The great compression -- The politics of the welfare state -- The sixties : a troubled prosperity -- Movement conservatism -- The great divergence -- The politics of inequality -- Weapons of mass distraction -- The new politics of equality -- The health care imperative -- Confronting inequality -- The conscience of a liberal
Control code
650951
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780393060690
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007034334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393060690
  • (OCoLC)154706837

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