The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America

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American politics has been hijacked. Over the past three decades, a fringe group of economic hucksters has corrupted and perverted our nation’s policies. With dark, engaging wit, Jonathan Chait reveals how these canny zealots first took over the Republican Party and then gamed the political system and the media so that once unthinkable policies—without a shred of academic, expert, or even popular support—now drive the political agenda, regardless of which party is in power.
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The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America

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Overview

American politics has been hijacked. Over the past three decades, a fringe group of economic hucksters has corrupted and perverted our nation’s policies. With dark, engaging wit, Jonathan Chait reveals how these canny zealots first took over the Republican Party and then gamed the political system and the media so that once unthinkable policies—without a shred of academic, expert, or even popular support—now drive the political agenda, regardless of which party is in power.
Why have these ideas succeeded in Washington? How did a clique of extremists gain control of American economic policy and sell short the country’s future? And why do their outlandish ideas still determine policy despite repeated electoral setbacks? Chait tells the outrageous and eye-opening story, expertly explaining just how politics and economics work in Washington. He has produced a riveting drama of greed and deceit that should be read by every concerned citizen, especially in an election year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547085708
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/3/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,230,573
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at the New Republic and writes the magazine's signature TRB column. He is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times and has written for many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Transformation of the Republican Party
Charlatans and Cranks     13
The Sum of All Lobbies     45
Driving Out the Heretics     80
The Necessity of Deceit     115
The Corruption of American Politics
Media: The Dog That Didn't Watch     139
How Washington Imagines Character     159
The Abuse of Power     189
The Mainstreaming of Radicalism     219
Conclusion: Plutocracy in America     262
Notes     267
Index     284
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Ridiculous

    This ideology and lack of grasp on reality is precisely why our debt has skyrocketed and our dependence on foreign support has reached an all-time high. I'll never get these hours of my life back.

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    READ THIS BOOK

    This book is a must read,it tells how asmall group is taking over our country

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