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The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy: And Everything Else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America Paperback – September 1, 2010
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—Jim Hightower, author of Swim against the Current
"A valuable antidote to the brazen lies, calculated deceptions, and vacuous sound bites of those who want to use our government for their own gain rather than to benefit us all."
—David Cay Johnston, author of Free Lunch
"Most of the basic facts that people need to know about the economy are straightforward, as this book demonstrates. It is only the bad guys who make things complicated."
—Dean Baker, author of False Profits
"Joshua Holland's brilliant, data-rich, accessible, and in-your-face book, The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy, should be required reading for every American livid about floating a political-financial system that benefits powerful institutionsand megalomaniac leaders."
—Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage
By nearly every conceivable standard, the American economy has gotten steadily worse from the time Reagan took office to the present. The anti-government, pro-corporate agenda has damaged our nation for too long, and yet, turn on Fox News and you'll find them still hawking the same foolish theories, baseless accusations, and bald-faced lies. The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy dissects each malicious fiction to reveal how the Right is just plain wrong on the economy — wrong on jobs, wrong on the deficit, wrong on taxes, wrong on trade. However, Holland goes beyond the most recent Republican talking points to explain the issues with the depth and nuance that you'll need to see through the nonsense rhetoric you're going to hear about the nation's economy for some time to come.
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As a lifelong fiscal conservative, I have a very different view of what passes for conservatism today - slogans and gut beliefs that pass for wisdom and knowledge. I believe that we conservatives [to the extent I want to place myself with those who currently claim to be conservatives] are ignoring evidence that these beliefs are not an answer to all of society's ills and are buying into hype and myths about economics and government with which we have been inundated for the last 3 decades. This book is one that gives us a broader look, so we understand why "capitalism" isn't working for the vast majority of our society.
I can recommend the book as an easy read that hopefully makes the reader realize that one simple value system doesn't serve well to solve our problems. Adam Smith, the darling of the free marketers, understood that unregulated capitalism has its own set of problems - the trick is to find balance. This book helps us understand why.
As a conservative, I want to protect the economic system that made the USA a powerful economic power leading to a large middle class, relatively stable economies, and the lack of recurring depressions that formerly plagued our economy.Read more ›
Holland takes fifteen topics, topics on taxes, jobs, corporations, free trade, illegal immigration, unions, healthcare, the deficit, minorities, and socialism, to name a few, and demolishes their arguments and charges that Republicans misinform the public to instill fear in the electorate.
For years, Republicans and conservatives have turned their message into an art form of slogans and falsehoods that do not stand scrutiny when Holland gives you the analysis, the stats, or the historical reality behind each of them.
Holland's prose is somewhere between strident and measured, but lucid and factual. He offers percentages and charts that are easy to follow and do not bore. He demonstrates clearly how corporations and lobbyists control the message and determine everything from legislation to trade agreements.
This is for the avid observer of the political struggle that is currently raging in this country. This is especially informative for the person whose political awareness is just germinating. The very well informed may wish to read this to recall things momentarily forgotten.
It is an alarming story and a depressing one. It is the story of our country being owned by the entities just described, how legislators do the bidding of their contributors rather than citizens, how our government does more to protect business than consumers.
What was just as important is what Holland didn't say.Read more ›
The problem with Holland's book is that there are some factual errors (not huge ones but big enough for someone to discredit some of his rants)and the fact that Holland's tone in the book is unlikely to sway those who don't already believe that these are all myths or lies. If Holland is going to sway those who don't believe this and buy into the political agendas "sold" to them by their party of choice (and there are good guys and bad guys on both ends of the political spectrum that have been compromised by the lack of ethics in politics and corporate America).Read more ›
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The full title of this book is "The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy and Everything Else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America,"... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
This book "ok" but very biased and doesn't provide any real academic support.Published 14 months ago by Movin' Fwd
This book is well organized, well written, and accurate to the extent of my knowledge. It presents 15 concepts that have huge repercussions for our society and it's survival as a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth S. Jones
If you are tired of listening to your plumber rant on using Rush Limbaugh's or FOX news lies-repeated-so-often-they-become-facts, this book will give you all the ammo you need to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ursula K
I found the book an easy read and very accurate in its presentation of the state of the economy in the US. It is a must go to source for those who follow the nation's politics. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JoeBoy5471
I found this book enlightening and it helped to explain so much of why and how this country got so screwed up. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by chrispy7624
A good fact-rich guide to what's actually going on in the US economy, as opposed to the theory-driven narrative that's spun by many on the "conservative" side of the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Anne Mills
This book focuses in on the top fifteen biggest lies about our American economy as portrayed by the GOP. While it makes many good points . . Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by M. Johnson
Joshua Holland is one of the chief editors at AlterNet, a progressive news outlet trying to counteract the regressive propaganda of the American far right, particularly that of... Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Thomas E. Davis