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Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (New America Books (Paperback)) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 30, 2004
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Lind expands more on his home-state of Texas. The state of Texas is often seen misappropriately, as culturally Western, but in fact it's clearly Southern, and Deeply Southern. This has always been apparent to those who've lived in and/or studied the South and Texas.
There are two camps in Texas: One is the "Texas modernists," of which Bush 43 is not. Lind categorizes Bush 43 as one of the "Texas traditionalists." These are proponents of militarism and an economic base focusing on commodity exports and oil exploration. This southern economic model which George W. advocates, Lind claims, will continue to push for free-trade agreements which send U.S. jobs oversees, and entice out-of-state companies to move to southern states because of lower wages.
These are but a few examples and insights Lind provides.Read more ›
The book's central focus is how Texas as a state and the South as a region have impacted, in both positive and negative ways, American political ecomomy. As Lind sees it, the two dominant political factions in Texas have been the "traditionalists" and the "modernists." He stresses that these labels do not necessarily coincide with "liberal" and "conservative." Today the traditionalists are represented by the Bush family and other Texas Republicans (although Lind also places Lloyd Bentsen in this camp). They are more or less the successors to the 19th century Confederates and the segregationist Democrats who ran the state in the first half of the 20th century. This group, he writes, "is content for Texas to have a low-wage, commodity exporting economy, even if the result is a society with enormous inequalities of wealth and opportunity."
The "modernists" have been more eclectic politically. They have included John Connally on the right, H. Ross Perot in the center and Barbara Jordan on the moderate left. Lind defines their vision as "a high-tech economy with a meritocratic society.Read more ›
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This explained alot for me. What about Kansas doesn't compare to what the heck is wrong with Texas. Texas truly is bipolar. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mapurt
great book... Rexas living has better value, and more freedomPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very clear understanding of how the split in Texas politics developed as well as the characteristics of all Southern political influence in yesterday and today's realities.Published 22 months ago by Susan L. Gordon
This book covers a lot of topics and provides a lot of background on various subjects, such as southern, Texas, and American political history. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Heartland
This book embodies all that is wrong with the mainstream media. Many liberals work from the assumption that all those who oppose their views must be morally flawed. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by DaddyHalfDozen
"Made in Texas"? What a joke. Bush isn't a Native Texan first of all. He didn't graduate high school here, didn't graduate college here, and was born of two Yankees. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Native Texan
In this book you will find the fascinating story of how sociological conditions in Texas, via George W. Bush's idiosyncrasy, are shaping world history. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Harmonious
Reading this book was a little shocking at the beginning, but kinda gets long winded in the middle, but ends with a bang! Mr. Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Antonio Gutierrez
I am half way through this book and am amazed at Lind's prescience. Everything he wrote about three years ago is happening today. Exactly. Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by William L. Fell