Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments

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Answering Back intends co lift the quality of political discourse in the United States by bringing together the best conservative and the best liberal arguments on eight key policy issues: trickle-down economics and the role of public spending, the desirability of welfare reform, the future of social security, the establishment of health care for all, the possibility of comprehensive immigration control, religious issues and the social agenda, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the causes of the financial ...

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Overview

Answering Back intends co lift the quality of political discourse in the United States by bringing together the best conservative and the best liberal arguments on eight key policy issues: trickle-down economics and the role of public spending, the desirability of welfare reform, the future of social security, the establishment of health care for all, the possibility of comprehensive immigration control, religious issues and the social agenda, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the causes of the financial meltdown. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction, followed by conservative views end a point-by point progressive response. The language used is deliberately jargon free, to make the material as accessible as possible. The sources of both conservative and progressive arguments (and their supporting evidence) are cited to open the door to further research.

Answering Back is an essential tool for anyone interested in policy reform, party politics, and American politics. It is written in a manner that is at one and the same time, scholarly, useful, accessible, and fun!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441126931
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,422,689
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Coates holds the Worrell Chair of Anglo-American Studies, Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University, USA. He previously held personal chairs at the universities of Leeds and Manchester, UK. He is the author of The Labour Party and the Struggle for Socialism and Models of Capitalism: Growth and Stagnation in the World Economy (translated into Chinese and South Korean) and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 A Call to Arms 1

Chapter 2 Clearing the Decks 13

Chapter 3 The Wonders of "Trickle-Down" Economics 34

Chapter 4 Cutting "Welfare" to Help the Poor 57

Chapter 5 Reforming Social Security 85

Chapter 6 Bringing Health to the Health Care System 106

Chapter 7 Immigration Control in a Land of Immigrants 138

Chapter 8 Is God Necessarily Conservative? 172

Chapter 9 The Wisdom of the War in Iraq? 201

Chapter 10 The Real Causes of the Financial Meltdown 230

Select Bibliography 273

Index 277

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Very informative

    The author presents both sides of current political issues and presents convincing economic and social evidence to back up his points.

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