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Government's Place in the Market (Boston Review Books) Hardcover – April 18, 2011
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About the Author
Eliot Spitzer served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. In October 2010 he will launch a talk show on CNN with conservative analyst Kathleen Parker.
Eliot Spitzer served as the 54th Governor of New York fromJanuary 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. In October 2010 he willlaunch a talk show on CNN with conservative analyst Kathleen Parker.
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Page 1, in its entirety, reads; 'Introduction'. Page 2 is completely blank. Page 3 has two short paragraphs that require only 2-1/2" by 2-3/4" for the written words. Pages 11 and 12 are completely blank. Page 13, contains only; 'I. Government's Place in the Market'. Page 14 is also completely blank. As are pages 55, 56, and 58. Page 57, reads merely; 'II Forum'.
Dean Baker gets to write from page 59-65 (inclusive). Page 66 is blank, and Robert Johnson starts his contribution with a half page of text on 67, finishes with another half page on 74. Pages 75 and 76 are again completely without any text, and page 77 reads; 'III Common Sense'. Followed immediately by a blank page 78. Page 79 takes up less than half the space available to say:
'DEAN BAKER PROPERLY CALLS THE LIB-
ertarian ideology of the past 30 years a mere
façade behind which government actively
participated in the crafting of rules and
priorities that benefited specific groups--
banks, big pharma, certain land owners. I
surely do not believe that more than a few
intellectuals of the right actually subscribed
to the theory that a market could exist with-'
Nice touch that last half word, 'with-'. He probably couldn't have gotten it in like that if he'd earlier written '30' as 'thirty'.
Spitzer concludes with actual paragraphs on pages 80-83. Marcel Proust, he is not. A 'New York minute' has lasted longer than this 'book'. However, it was not too short for Spitzer to write (p.Read more ›
So, let me point out that the U.S.' longest serving Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan, who occupied senior government positions throughout the period is a self avowed libertarian and was a member of Rand's inner circle. Libertarianism, at least in name, has been the driving philosophy in American economic policy since the revolution in American politics that took place in 1980. We've known it as "economic rationalism". I suggest that you read "Wealth & Democracy" by Kevin Phillips.
And, yes, as Spitzer notes, the libertarians got it drastically wrong.
If you are interested in appreciating the role government should play in a market-based economy, you will find it here as succinctly and simply argued as I have ever seen it.
He also cited another example of how he stopped a company that was polluting the air as proof that government intervention in the market is needed. Again, this is a question of property rights, and not to what degree should the government intervene in the market; if a company is polluting my air, it is violating my property rights and should be punished.
Mr. Spitzer then addresses the question of minimum wage, an issue of government intervention in the market. According to Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a tiny book, only 83 pages and Spitzer writes only 59 of the pages. The remaining pages are critiques of Spitzer's comments by Dean Baker and Robert Johnson. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by anonymous
Spitzer is clearly confused or outright disingenuous. As one clear example, borrowing from Robert Wenzel's review [... Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by D. Brisinda