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The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
by Thomas Byrne Edsall
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important and Timely Book, January 31, 2012
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Just finished The Age of Austerity and found it to be a cogent and lucid examination of the current state of dysfunctional American politics. Edsall presents a persuasive argument on behalf of the impetus toward conservatism resulting from economic austerity. The author's analysis of the Tea Party phenomenon and the distinction its members often make between middle class govenment benefits and poorer citizens entitlement benefits seemed spot on to this reader. Also, Edsall makes the critical observation, backed with substantial data, demonstrating the centrality of race to the ideological battles of our time.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a greater understanding of the current political situation in the United States


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