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The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America
     

The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America

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by Jonathan Chait
 

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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

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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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547085708
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/03/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
1,183,706
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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The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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This book is a must read,it tells how asmall group is taking over our country
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.