Economics In Wonderland: Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide To A Political World Gone Mad And Mean

Economics In Wonderland: Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide To A Political World Gone Mad And Mean

by Robert B. Reich


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Cartoon essays by the champion of liberal values, and one of Time’s “Ten Most Effective Cabinet Secretaries of the Twentieth Century.”

Anyone who watches the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and The Daily Show and CNBC commentator's podcast, viewed on his Inequality Media website, has seen Reich's informal lectures on student debt, social security, and gerrymandering, which he accompanies by quickly drawing cartoons to illustrate his major points. Collected here, for the first time, are short essays, edited from his presentations, and Reich's clean-line, confident illustrations, created with a large sketchpad and magic marker. Economics in Wonderland clearly explains the consequences of the disastrous policies of global austerity with humor, insight, passion, and warmth, all of which are on vivid display in words and pictures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683960607
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 211,859
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. He has written the best sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage, and most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality for All.

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert Reich 1

Big Money

What's the Fed? How It Affects You 4

Saving Capitalism for the Many, Not the Few 6

The Reality of Free Trade Deals 10

Putting a Lid on Tax Expenditures 12

Corporate Tax Desertion 14

Power: Who Has It, Who Doesn't 16

The Investments of the 158 18

Why the Koch Machine Is a Threat to Democracy 20

Shams, Scams, and Film-Flams

Paul Ryan's Seven Terrible Ideas 24

"Right-to-Work" Is Wrong for Workers 26

Voter Suppression (And How it Works) 30

The Republican Tax Sham 32

Austerity 101: The Three Reasons Republican Deficit Hawks Are Wrong 34

The Real Reason Republicans Want to Pull the Plug on Obamacare 36

Hands off My Medicare! 38

The Cost of War 40

Climate and Inequality 42

The Facts About Immigration 44

Word of the Year: Xenophobia 46


The Five Principles of Patriotism 50

Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour 52

Why Liberal States Won America's Tax Experiment 54

Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers - And What Must Be Done 58

Four Steps to Solving Student Debt 60

What Is the Racial Wealth Gap? 62

The Women's Wealth Gap 64

End Mass Incarceration Now 68

Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades Is an Even Better Idea Than You Know 70

Why We'll Need a Universal Basic Income 72

Bernie Sanders's Seven Legacies 76


Seven Signs of Tyranny 82

An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty 84

Trump's Bonkers Budget 86

Tearing Down the Wall Between Church and State 88

Trump's Attack on the Freedom of the Press 90

Trump's Ten Steps for Turning Lies Into Half-Truths 92

Trumpcare 94

Trump's Infrastructure Scam 96

Trump's Big Bet On Coal 98

The Wall 100

Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts 102

Trump and Big Banks Want to Repeal Dodd-Frank 106

Four Reasons Why Trump's Plan to Strip the IRS Is Incredibly Dumb 108

The Four Dangerous Syndromes of Coping With Trump 110

Impeachment: A How-To Explainer 112

Four (And Maybe Five) Grounds to Impeach Trump 114

Glossary 116

Robert B. Reich 118

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