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Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America Hardcover – May 11, 2004
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- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400042216
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400042210
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.83 x 0.99 x 8.65 inches
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (May 11, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Reich takes radcons to task, and rightly so. They complain about moral-bankruptcy, focusing almost completely on sex. Yet, they rarely if ever speak out against the greed and concentrated wealth that is destroying our country. How often do right-wing preachers castigate those that would layoff hard working Americans just to give the CEOs a raise, even when the stock is down! How often do they speak out against a system where CEOs are coddled because they hand pick the people on their board!
How many times did Jesus speak out against wealth and greed? How often did Jesus say we should help the poor and weak? How many times did Jesus speak out against homosexuality? Jesus never said we needed to get rid of the estate tax. Jesus never said capital gains tax cuts were immoral. Radcons focus on the wrong things.
Radcons have hurt this country. Their Greed Over People philosophy has led to many disasters, from Enron-like rip-offs to billions lost in Iraq. This corruption hurts families and small-investors alike.
The FDR quote about radicals, liberals, and conservatives is worth the price alone of this book. A real gem, it explains the reality that is only again coming to light: liberals are the practical politicians. Radicals on the left and right (communists, facists, radcons, libertarians) will bury the world trying to push their ideology. Liberals look at problems and use practical solutions, which may involve government, to solve them. Rural power, Social Security, food safety, civil rights, public transportation, public roads, libraries... all liberal traditions that are solving problems that the free market cannot.
It appears that Mr. Reich's thought parallels mine: history has shown that communism does not work; extreme capitalism does not work; the only way is the middle way, regulated capitalism.
Slightly dated, as it does not (or should say cannot as it was written before 2006) discuss the recent blow-back (i.e., lost elections) conservatives have received from the fiasco in Iraq and their disastrous economic policies, it is still a very worthy read.
Finally, the quality of the audio book. Reich reads the book himself, and he does a superb job. Reich has a clear, well-modulated voice that is a joy to listen to. The book is broken into tracks so if you have a Paleozoic CD player without location memory you can easily find your way back to where you left off. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are a liberal, it is a call to arms. If you are conservative, it will leave you with a much deeper understanding of why you hold your views. No matter who you are, it will help focus your thinking and entertain you at the same time.