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Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Interesting -- but not entirely convincing

    This is a very interesting and well written book. The central argument is that growing income inequality is primarily a result of the political policies enacted since the Reagan administration.

    The book makes many valid points, for example marginal tax rates on the wealthy have been reduced dramatically.

    The problem is that the book discounts the impact of both technology and globalization, and I find that to be simply not credible. The evidence of factory relocations, service offshoring and automation are all around us.

    I believe there is solid evidence that globalization and technology are the primary forces driving inequality. The problem is that for most workers labor is becoming less and less valued -- and as a result they have less bargaining power.

    Politics is certainly important, and if we had had more progressive, countervailing policies, then we could have mitigated the impact of technology an globalization. Instead we adopted conservative policies that actually accelerated the push toward more concentration of income.

    It is very important to understand what is going on here, because if technology is to blame, then it is going to get worse. Technology is moving faster than ever before, and we will soon have far more advanced job automation. More and more people are likely to find that they no longer have marketable skills. Politics may worsen that -- or fail to help -- but it is NOT the fundamental cause.

    For the real story on what is happening, and more importantly, a look at what is likely to happen in the future, I'd recommend this book:

    The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future.

    Read "Winner Take All Politics" by all means, because it certainly raises valid points. But if you want to understand the danger we face in the next couple of decades, be sure to read "The Lights in the Tunnel".

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    MUST READ!!!!

    I cannot tell you enough how important this book is if you ever plan to vote in an election in the United States again.

    Or, for that matter, if you just wonder what is going on with our political parties today, how corporations gained such a powerful influence in politics or why the economy is the way it is - and why it seems that we can never quite get ahead financially while the rich just keep getting so much richer!

    It is an extremely well documented, thoroughly researched book and the authors clearly based their conclusions on facts rather than try to fit the facts to their preconceived notions. This is especially evident when they honestly admit that they fully expected one result (one with which most of us would likely agree) but had to concede that the facts did not support that result at all.

    It explains in an honest, unbiased way (if we are being honest with ourselves, that is) how both parties have abandoned the middle class, albeit one party more so than the other, and how those politicians keep getting reelected by people who are voting against their interests without realizing it.

    But you would think it would be boring, right? Surprisingly, that's not the case. In part this is because the authors approach the investigation as if investigating a crime scene. Literally! But also in part because they explain things in a way that's easy to understand yet thorough, and they show how those things they explain are relevant to our lives. For example, the book addresses taxes, unions, corporations and political spin, and finally explains exactly why and how those things affect us as individuals. As in you, the reader, yourself, YOUR life.

    It is by far the best book I've read on the subject, and I recommend it to everyone - conservative, moderate, liberal, Republicans, Independents and Democrats - who want to know the answer to why things are the way they are, how we got here and how we can change it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Excellent. An eye opener about our democracy and the actions of congress (both parties) that had augmented the rise of the richest 1% and left the rest of us way behind. I'd give a copy to everyone of voting age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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