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The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan Paperback – May 29, 2012

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"If you want to put the current struggle over Social Security’s future in context, read this book."—Mark Miller, RetirementRevised.com

"Independent financial reporter Laursen offers a breathtakingly comprehensive look at the history and politics behind ‘the largest income support program in the U.S.,’ ... Comprehensive and compelling reading on an important topic."—
Booklist, starred review

"Eric Laursen has written a comprehensive and exhaustive history of the Social Security program in the United States. The People’s Pension is an honest, detailed and even eye-opening discussion of the program’s origins and continuing efforts to provide elderly and disabled Americans with a livable income. Equally important, it is a discussion of the attempts to alter and ultimately destroy the program by forces whose only interest seems to be profit and the elimination of any government institution that guarantees every citizen worker an income in their old age." — Ron Jacobs,
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"If you want to put the current struggle over Social Security’s future in context, read this book."―Mark Miller, RetirementRevised.com

"Independent financial reporter Laursen offers a breathtakingly comprehensive look at the history and politics behind ‘the largest income support program in the U.S.,’ ... Comprehensive and compelling reading on an important topic."―
Booklist, starred review

"Eric Laursen has written a comprehensive and exhaustive history of the Social Security program in the United States. The People’s Pension is an honest, detailed and even eye-opening discussion of the program’s origins and continuing efforts to provide elderly and disabled Americans with a livable income. Equally important, it is a discussion of the attempts to alter and ultimately destroy the program by forces whose only interest seems to be profit and the elimination of any government institution that guarantees every citizen worker an income in their old age." — Ron Jacobs,
CounterPunch

About the Author

Eric Laursen, born 1960, is an independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator. A native of San Francisco and graduate of Columbia University in New York (B.A. in History, Master's in International Affairs), he began his journalistic career as a reporter for Wall Street Letter, a weekly newsletter for the financial services industry. He later worked for a succession of publications: as a staff writer for Corporate Finance Magazine; editor of Asset International, a weekly newsletter for international investment firms; and as co-founder and managing editor of Plan Sponsor, the leading monthly magazine for North American pension executives. It was there he became interested in the debate over Social Security.

An independent journalist since 2000, Eric has written for publications ranging from
Z Magazine and The Nation to Institutional Investor and CFO. His specializations are national politics, retirement and aging, global trade, U.S. fiscal policy, social services, business and financial services, civil liberties, and alternative economics. He has also written on anarchist theory, practice, and history for a variety of publications.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ AK Press; 1st edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 750 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1849351015
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1849351010
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.71 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.75 x 9 inches
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Eric Laursen is an independent journalist and activist who writes about politics, economics, culture, and the many and devilish ways that all three intersect. He has contributed to a wide range of publications including The Village Voice, Institutional Investor, YES!, In These Times, CFO, Z Magazine, The AICPA Journal of Accounting, and Huffingtonpost.com. He has even reviewed books on Amazon.com. He is the author, most recently, of The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan (AK Press), which was named an Editor's Choice nonfiction book of the year by BookList for 2012. He also co-authored Understanding the Crash (Soft Skull, 2010). Long engaged in the movements against war, corporate globalization, and neoliberal economics, he lives in the United States.

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