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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Conservative Nanny State

Economist Dean Baker has written a little book intended to debunk the myth that conservatives oppose government intervention in markets. He points out, rather conclusively I'd say, that for conservatives the whole point of government is to intervene in markets in such a way as to redirect money towards the wealthy (i.e., themselves). From the blurb for the book:
In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes--decent wages, good jobs and affordable health care.
The book is available as a free PDF download! A short, easy, infuriating read, and definitely worth sharing.