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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth clearly told, October 15, 2007
This review is from: The Conscience of a Liberal (Hardcover)
As a southerner (transplanted from Michigan), retired engineer, and a citizen very worried about my country under the conservatives, I welcome with a full heart Krugman's lucid, so truthful expose of the conservatives' motives and methods. Having perused most of the sources he names, I welcome the beautiful analysis and synthesis of the US predicament. He gives hope that we can shake off the traps and enlighten the people about their mistaken voting habits, especially those dictated by racism, which I daily see here in the southern states. Thank you so much, Paul.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2007, 9:58:11 AM PDT
Daniel-san says:
62% of while male southerners voted Republican this past election (from a recent Bob Herbert NYTimes Op/Ed), so there is a definite skew in the South regarding the general perspective of how the country should go forward and how it views equality among its citizens. A Republican (or Democrat) in Wisconsin is different from a Republican in South Carolina, so given this patchwork of values within just two parties, a given region can make a substantive impact on the rest of its respected party if they have the numbers. Do the numbers give favor to the stereotypical political values in the South? Perhaps not if they are made aware of the national debt (thank you, China, for floating us and building us the products that we want cheap), the needless war put on our brave soldiers, and an administration that has catered very little to the country's domestic agenda (other than proposing to build a wall on the Mexican border--as if that's going to solve the problem). Krugman's book is a contribution to serious discussion of real meta issues this country needs to face.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007, 10:42:03 PM PDT
Brent Ayotte says:
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JW Pierce says:
wow Brent, that was decidedly unintelligent. Maybe the "unbiased review" you recommend was written by someone who won the Pulitzer (not for this piece of course), but Paul Krugman won the Nobel... so there. Which trashes all of Kennedy's assertions.

Secondly,the NYT writer is clearly biased, as his major issue with Krugman isn't based on facts within Krugman's book, but instead taking umberage to Krugman's observations.
quote: "As Krugman sees it, the modern Republican Party has been taken over by radicals. "There hasn't been any corresponding radicalization of the Democratic Party, so the right-wing takeover of the G.O.P. is the underlying cause of today's bitter partisanship." No two to tango for him. The ascendancy of modern conservatism is "an almost embarrassingly simple story," he says, and race is the key. "Much of the whole phenomenon can be summed up in just five words: Southern whites started voting Republican. ... End of story."

Which is all TRUE! Proveneven. It is beyond obvious in the couple of years since that "review" (not of the book, but of Krugman himself) was written.

Krugman's book is brilliant and a must read( better late, than never.)

Posted on Sep 11, 2014, 9:55:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2014, 10:27:24 PM PDT
Dove Dagelas says:
Wow. The ability of this author to spin history on its head is astonishing. Not surprising, however, is that Krugman embodies the typical liberal arguing economics, which is to say the book is one long class-envy rant, blaming a tiny minority of successful people (most of whom in reality lean far left) for the plight of low-skilled and semi-skilled workers. He's partly right about that, but he ignores Leftist power brokers creating worldwide fraud in order to fleece the rich, the middle class, and the poor (Climate Alarmism, for example), all the while managing to twist and defile history in order to blame Republicans for failed Democrat-owned policies. He fails to mention that the degredation of work by glorious Made in America factories and offices (which created the middle class) gutted the trade class and made it possible to ship most jobs overseas to unskilled people. He fails to mention that the liberal policy of artificially inflating wages through big union bully tactics and minimum and prevailing wages creates the incentive to outsource jobs, and creates the inflation that continues to raise the poverty line, always with the predictable result of absorbing more and more people into the poverty class (arguably on purpose to create more dependants on liberal government). He ignores the fact that liberal increases in benefits and costs made over the decades to his favorite safety net programs rendered them completely unsustainable. He fails to mention the liberal government meddling in the health care insurance industry which inflated the health care market to the point where job creators cannot afford to provide coverage (arguably on purpose to create a demand for VA-like socialized medicine). He ignores liberal housing and banking policies that perpetuate cronyism, inflate the housing market to unsustainable and unattainable levels, and created the worst collapse of the American economy since the Great Depression. He neglects that a liberal education system focused on union teachers and employees, lowered standards, and preaching the equality of outcomes cannot produce high achievers in any volume, while bemoaning the fact the handful of successful people who've rejected mediocrity aren't providing for everyone else. He ignores the fact that all the money held by the rich is a drop in the bucket compared to the relentless, cultivated entitlement needs of 93 million non-working adults, leaving the reader unaware that this burden instead largely falls on the reader himself.

Krugman seeks to recapture the "glory days" of old, but doesn't understand that the situation we are in is direct result of the Great Society, the New Deal, and Liberalism as a whole, not because Republicans are willing or capable of undermining radical Leftism (they are not), but because liberal, resdistributive economic ideas (beyond caring for those few who are the most severely disabled) do not promote prosperity. Equality is no substitute for hard-won prosperity, and liberal policies stand square in the way of every American who wants to give it a try. The progressive tax code is all the evidence you need to know that the left-leaning DC establishment doesn't want you to climb any economic ladders. They don't want the competition, and they don't want you supporting their opponents.

If you really want a strong economy, and not just hold a desire to punish those who have more than you, reject this book and the ideas within. Do the exact opposite and you'll be on the road to your own prosperity, as well as taking yourself out of the way of everyone else's.
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