Monday, November 27, 2006


The Great Risk Shift

One of the recurring themes of both MEC and Charles has been how over the years, the Republicans and the conservative captains of industry that fund them have been shifting the tax burden from the rich onto the poor and (most especially) the middle class -- even as the middle class is increasingly endangered by these same captains of industry, who espouse policies such as "right to work" (aka "kill the unions") that are designed to destroy America's middle classes. Over at Fire Dog Lake, they had a salon yesterday with Jacob Hacker, author of the new book The Great Risk Shift, which describes the decades-long efforts of the conservative movement and their media allies to warp the playing field in their favor so as to shift the risks of our society onto us while they reap the rewards. The comments are now closed, but I think the discussion is worth reading.

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