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In these essays James K. Galbraith wrote the history of Bush's presidency while it happened. This work contains Galbraith's most influential writings on current affairs along with new commentary, and explores the descent to disaster in Iraq and the ongoing transformation of the American economy under the steerage of Alan Greenspan. Important contributions examine the new U.S. strategic doctrine, the adverse economics of wars of occupation, the collapse of the technology bubble and its aftermath, the campaign ...

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Overview

In these essays James K. Galbraith wrote the history of Bush's presidency while it happened. This work contains Galbraith's most influential writings on current affairs along with new commentary, and explores the descent to disaster in Iraq and the ongoing transformation of the American economy under the steerage of Alan Greenspan. Important contributions examine the new U.S. strategic doctrine, the adverse economics of wars of occupation, the collapse of the technology bubble and its aftermath, the campaign against Social Security, the political economy of the 2004 election, the subversion of American voting as witnessed in Ohio, Hurricane Katrina and the fate of the dollar.

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"Galbraith for the 21st century! Prescient, lucid, elegant. Where others are lost groping in the shadows, James K. Galbraith sees the big picture. His writing is like a torch that guides us through the cave of the present into the light." —Sidney Blumenthal, former senior advisor to President Clinton and author of The Clinton Wars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230018891
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES K. GALBRAITH is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and is a professor in the Department of Government.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• PART 1: ABOUT BUSH
• Corporate Democracy Civic
• Disrespect
• Lies, Dumb Lies, and Sample Statistics
• Defending Democrats...and Democracy
• Tracking Down the Corporate Crooks
• The Realities of Resistance
• Why Bush Likes a Bad Economy
• Bush's Hail Mary
• The Plutocrats Go Wild
• Dissecting Cheney
• Waiting to Vote
• Abolish Election Day
• Democracy Inaction
• The Floodgates Have Opened
• PART 2: ABOUT WAR
• National Defense
• The Future Oil War
• The Cheney Doctrine
• The Unbearable Costs of Empire
• The Paramilitary Mind
• What Economic Price This War?
• Still Wrong: Why Liberals Should Keep Opposing the War
• Don't Blame Rumsfeld, Blame Bush
• The Iraqi Quagmire
• War and Economy Don't Wear Well
• How You Will Pay for the War
• The Economics of the Oil War
• Boom Times for War, Inc.
• The Gambler's Fallacy
• Withdrawal Symptoms
• PART 3: ABOUT GREENSPANA
• Back To the Cross of Gold
• Greenspan's Error
• The Free Ride of Mr. Greenspan
• There's Some Good News That's Bad News
• Greenspan's Whim
• Greenspan's Glasnost
• The Butterfly Effect
• The Credit, Where Credit is Due
• Stop the Sabotage Coming from the Fed
• The Charge of the Fed Brigade
• We Cannot Have Discipline, So We Must Have Pain
• The Swiss Guard
• Watching Greenspan Grow
• The Man Who Stayed Too Long
• Bernankenstein's Monster
• PART 4: ABOUT THE ECONOMY
• I Don't Want To Talk About It
• The Sorcerer's Apprentices
• Is the New Economy Rewriting the Rules?
• So Long, Wealth Effect
• Incurable Optimists
• Enron and the Next Revolution
• Share Revenue, Save Jobs
• Hangover In America
• The Big Fix: The Case for Public Spending
• Bush's Tax Package and Economic Reality
• Cashing Out
• Bankers Versus Base
• Keeping It Real for the Voters
• Dazzle Them With Demographics
• Social Security Scare Campaign
• Apocalypse Not Yet
• Taming Predatory Capitalism

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    Useful studies of US politics and economics

    James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. In this excellent collection of essays, written between January 1995 and April 2006, he demolishes President Bush's record, especially his arguments for the war on Iraq, and he also criticises Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's policies. He writes on the feeble liberal prescription for recovery, "As for training, the problem is not a shortage of skills. It is an extreme shortage of good jobs, combined with bad pay and poor working conditions." He writes, "for a project of national reconstruction and investment, much of the necessary funds can, and properly should, be borrowed. Policy should do what is necessary to restore jobs. Full employment, sustainable development, and national security are proper goals for policy. Deficit reduction, as such, is not. Public debt to enrich the wealthy is one thing. Debt to rebuild the country is something else again." Of course, this is directly relevant to politics here in Britain. The Coalition is not on a route to recovery but on the road to disaster. Professor Galbraith concludes, "The economic commitment, in turn, must be to full employment here, to egalitarian growth in Europe and Japan, and to a worldwide development strategy favoring civil infrastructure and the poor. Public capital investment, stronger unions and a high minimum wage should frame the domestic agenda. Overseas, crackdowns on tax havens and the arms trade, a stabilizing financial system and an end to the debt peonage of poor countries should be among the high priorities of a new structure. "The truths are that egalitarian growth is efficient, that speculation must be regulated, that crime starts at the top, and that peace is the primary public good. These truths are poison to predators and the reason they have fostered and subsidized an entire cynical intellectual movement devoted to 'free' markets, a class of professor-courtiers now everywhere in view."

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