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Excellent Primer on Liberalism
on June 23, 2015
I grew up an odd child because of my obsession with politics. At the age of 6, I was watching the 1992 Presidential Debates between Clinton, Bush 41, and Perot. When I became a teenager, I identified as a liberal Democrat; however, as I grew up my environment helped changed my mindset and over the past 10 years I've identified more with the Libertarian point of view. I've voted for candidates of all major parties; however, as our political system continues to fail it becomes more evident to my mind that Liberalism has worked and can work again to bring our system back in line with what made America great during WWII and after.
Paul Krugman's book offers glimpses of the past, as he recalls the rise of FDR and his New Deal Coalition. The author also highlights the formation of a staunch conservative hatred for the New Deal that has never gone away and today embodies the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Professor Krugman does a terrific job of explaining how a fringe group took over the Republican Party and continues to win elections despite the fact that most voters disagree with most of the tenants of "movement conservatism". My favorite part of the book is the description of how wealth inequality happened in America, and what we can do to fix it. A society where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is not one we should live in...we had that once, and it led to a Great Depression.
If you are looking for a book that describes how Liberals think of America, and you are open minded to the idea that government has a place in society beyond fighting endless wars, then I recommend you read this book. It is most definitely worth your time.