To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer Paperback – July 18, 2006
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
If you carefully examine his arguments you will be less likely to fall into the trap of believing the only way to advance a progressive agenda is through major government spending (not that he is opposed to this in principle). Several market-based solutions which powerfully elucidate the current bias against working class people are thoughtfully juxtaposed to policies which would be class neutral or enhance the well-being of the more vulnerable segments of society if they were to be implemented.
Finally, Dr. Baker walks the walk and has made his complete book available as a free download which can be found at the following web address: [...]. Given the economical cost of buying the book in paperback, you should strongly consider purchasing on line as it represents a valuable addition to the expanding body of literature to assail the growing economic divide. The practical solutions advanced in this book make it an important read for both activists and scholars willing to take an honest look at current economic policy.
1. Both the gov and professional organizations limit the numbers of doctors, lawyers, and other professionals including the entry of foreigners. At the same time, rampant and/or illegal immigration floods lower-wage employment markets and some technical jobs. On the one hand, wages are artificially high, but suppressed on the other to the detriment of the greater good.
2. The Federal Reserve uses monetary policy to increase unemployment and thereby lower wages of the lesser skilled, while limiting the inflation detested by bankers.
3. Corporations are entirely government creations, yet conservatives obscure that point which permits unchecked CEO pay. In actuality the government could mandate governance rules that would likely curtail CEO pay excesses.
4. Copyright and patent laws in essence grant monopolies to the detriment of the free flow of goods and services, which can in fact be harmful as in the case of restricting the availability of needed medicines.
5. Conservatives support legislation to restrict the ability of individuals to seek redress in courts for harm under the name of tort reform. In actuality law suits are a market form of regulation in lieu of government intervention. Obviously, protecting the rich trumps market principles.
6. Free market advocates supposedly advocate choice.Read more ›
Far from opposing government intervention in the economy, the cns uses intervention effectively in behalf of established wealth. The quarrel between liberals and conservatives is usually framed in terms of a liberal welfare state vs. a conservative free market. But, as Baker points out, these terms are seriously misleading. Both sides favor government intervention. Where they differ is over who gets the benefits, while the success of the cns lies in their ability to deflect public awareness from govn't actions that benefit the rich at the expense of the rest of us.
Baker examines a number of these biased policies showing how they funnel wealth upward. These prove to be enlightening discussions. However, what's unusual about the sections is his proposed remedy, which is essentially to let the markets operate free of the cns. For example, crippling health care costs have been sky-rocketing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great book by Dean Baker containing many insights on how our government benefits the wealthy at the expense of the many.Published 6 months ago by Chess Maniac
Well written. Really nice insights for conservatives, libertarians, and liberals.Published 9 months ago by Daniel J. Ahern
Breaks down a lot of good information and provides some reasonable solutions. I may not Agree with everything, but I learned a lot from the audio book.Published 11 months ago by ladych2013
I listened to this book - since it is free on Audible the cost was low. Unfortunately Dean Baker mostly parrots what the Libertarians have been crying about for decades, while... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tim Crone
The premise of the book is the Conservatives in the United States have been able to frame the discussions on budget by claiming that they want less government, and the Liberals... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kristi Richardson
Dean Baker does an outstanding job of debunking "Free Market" myths about the role of government in conservative policy making. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles Andersen
This is not easy reading. It gets technical if you're not an economist and it will anger you. But it does explain a lot of what's going on in our country right now. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Kevin B. Reynolds
This book is actually available as a free pdf or kindle format from DeanBaker.net. I was hoping to find the kindle version here for easy download but for some reason it is not at... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Will Wilkin
Dean Baker writes a book about a topic that gets too little attention. The right wing-nuts continually blast the left accusing the left of being lazy, no-goods, who just don't... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by guitarsandmore805