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Mr. Baker provides an intellectual blueprint for progressives. He argues, convincingly, that conservatives have dominated the economic policy debate. Progressives, on the other hand, have largely capitulated due to their misunderstanding regarding and acceptance of right-wing frameworks. For every liberal who's wondered aloud "how come we keep losing when our ideas are better," Mr. Baker provides the answer.
The book is unabashedly partisan and, thus, not likely to successfully convert anyone. But that appears to be the point. To counter what he sees as an all-out attack on middle- and working-class groups, Mr. Baker provides the best kind of polemic: smart, tough and based on sound economic fundamentals.
Expect conservatives to angrily respond in knee-jerk fashion. But can they counter Mr. Baker's logic and empirical evidence? Unlikely.
By Dean Baker
By Richard Edward Noble
Dean Baker is an economist. He earned his B. A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is currently co-director of The Center for Economic and Policy Research.
He has written a bunch of books. I downloaded this one for free. It is the first book by Mr. Baker that I have read but it won't be the last.
Dean Baker calls himself a liberal progressive. Of late I have been referring to myself as a "progressive." Mr. Baker is far more progressive than I am. He's another "idea" man. And he does have ideas. At some points in this book I was laughing openly. Not at Mr. Baker but at his unique ability to turn the tables upside down and backwards on the smart crowd.
What a book this is!
The simplicity of many of his ideas makes a reader wonder why he never thought such things.
Mr. Baker is a free market man ... I think. But he takes these free market principles and turns them back onto the hands and heads that have been feeding them to us all for these many confusing years. He makes an art of "quid pro quo."
How many times have all of us worker types heard the sorrowful whine, But what can I do? The free market dictates.
When our paychecks are cut, it's the free market competition. When we lose our jobs it free market competition. When they close down the plant and take it overseas, it's the free market Global economy. When they take our home, it is simply the free market at work. When we can't afford medical care, it is once again a simple matter of free market competition.Read more ›
I definitely recommend this book!
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Definitely worth the read. Very simply put and concise. I would consider it a must read book for those looking for a brief intro in current economic debate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eswin g Paeredes
One of Obama and Biden's go to economists, wanted to see his take. Didn't like the title although he's trying to be ironic...Published 4 months ago by Steve Endsley
This book is an excellent example of progressive policies that make use of the market, rather than resisting it or attempting to impose an alternative logic. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by HonestBill
Not too long ago, I was watching the news with a family member and there was a story about inequality. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Five stars for being there and doing the analysis of hard choices
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Interesting ideas about how contemporary liberal policies and programs have failed to hit the target. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Gregory B. Stolcis
I went into this book with some skepticism, thinking that it would be an anti-market screed. I was pleasantly surprised that from the first chapter Baker actually mounts a defense... Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by billysixstring
Baker gives many examples of how the economic board has been tilted towards the rich (mortgage deduction, SS caps, long term patents, lobbyists and subsidies, BoD/CEO mutual... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Keith Noren
Very informative. Gives one a new way of looking at the political rhetoric. Can the general public comprehend these ideas? Now is the time !Published on February 10, 2013 by Gary Turner
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