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4.0 out of 5 stars a big argument for sane political discourse, September 8, 2009
This review is from: The Case for Big Government (The Public Square) (Kindle Edition)
Republicans seem to be in denial that we already have a huge government. the difference is that Republicans support big govt. for the sake of the warfare state, while demos for the welfare state. what about statistic that 80% of R&D at universities is supported directly or indirectly by the Pentagon? Americans need to understand that all the investment in the military produces end products that either are destroyed (bombs, bullets) or wear out (trucks, guns). that investment if applied to civilian life would produce permanent end products such as houses, infrastructure improvements and the like. your statistics on income disparity and stagnation are very sobering. i left america to move overseas after college in 1982 and returned in 2005. hardly recognized the nation. people work much harder for much less. quality of life plummets. nature of media is like a vast dumbed down propaganda machine. impression that the country is one vast intellectual prison camp. it also seems to me that the debate on health care and the refusal to seriously consider the single payer option used in many european countries indicates that americans no longer have a sense of social contract. the mass media also is so corporately driven that it is able to shape the debate on any particular issue according to the dictates of wall st. and the financier class. our country has become in all but name a third world nation of gross social and economic inequality.

The only things I found disappointing in your book were:

a. your discussion of globalization. your proposal that the US pressure its trading partners to improve their wage structures and environmental efforts seems hopelessly naive, especially since US wages are so regressive themselves.

b. your failure to address the perceived corruption of the federal reserve central banking system. since the release of aaron russo's film America from Freedom to Fascism, there is a growing perception among the public that the federal reserve is an elitist system that serves the narrow interests of the financier class to the detriment of the public as a whole and that serves to concentrate greater levels of wealth into Wall St. institutions. there is a sense that the Fed is a massive disinformation program designed to dupe the public. there even is a spreading belief that the entire fractional reserve banking system is hopelessly corrupted and permits the banks to obtain obscene profits and to dilute the money supply. (consider that for every $1 paid out by banks in interest payments to savings account holders, they accrue $20 in interest revenues from loans. this is perhaps the highest profit margin (1900%) of any industry on earth!) there also is outrage that the original income tax amendment provided for taxation of corporate profits but not personal incomes and that this too has been disregarded. your book fails to address any of these rising concerns.

c. your failure to consider the problem that history indicates that no ruling class ever willingly surrendered its powers. there is a growing sense in the nation that only armed revolt will enable the kinds of reforms your book discusses and suggests. your approach is far too passive and optimistic.
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Initial post: Sep 9, 2009 6:16:44 AM PDT
i forgot to ask you something in my previous email

it seems to me that the issue of offshoring jobs is relevant to Kant's famous dictum of the moral imperative, whereby one should refrain from doing something if such activity done on a universal scale would result in harm.

so while it might be very prudent for an individual company to seek to offshore its production in order to take advantage of cheaper foreign labor costs; however if all companies were to do this, then the domestic economy would be devastated as employees would lose their jobs and be left destitute, thus preventing these same companies from being able to market at home their more cheaply manufactured products overseas.

it seems to me this suggests the need for the guiding hand of government, which alone has the broader perspective to prevent such a scenario from unfolding.

another point you failed to discuss is that corporations receive very favorable legal and tax privileges from the local economy. this suggests that offshoring is a kind of violation of trust and might even be illegal.
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