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AlterNet editor Joshua Holland demolishes the Right's biggest and most outrageous myths about the economy Taxes kill growth. Labor unions hurt their members. Government regulation destroys jobs. These are just a few of the biggest lies in the web of misinformation spun by conservatives and the Chamber of Commerce. Holland's book dissects each malicious fiction to show how t AlterNet editor Joshua Holland demolishes the Right's biggest and most outrageous myths about the economy Taxes kill growth. Labor unions hurt their members. Government regulation destroys jobs. These are just a few of the biggest lies in the web of misinformation spun by conservatives and the Chamber of Commerce. Holland's book dissects each malicious fiction to show how the Right is just plain wrong on the economy—wrong on jobs, wrong on the deficit, wrong on taxes, wrong on trade. Takes down old and new conservative myths about the economy, including healthcare, stimulus, progressive taxes, Wall Street regulation, and more Filled with recent quotes from conservative politicians and pundits, from the misleading to the laughable to the totally outrageous Tackles specific aspects of the Republicans' economic agenda, including their 2010 alternatives to Obama's budget Deftly written and rigorously documented by Alternet senior writer/editor Joshua Holland With the economy set to be the driving issue before and after the 2010 midterm elections, The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy sets the record straight on every part of the conservatives' economic agenda.


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AlterNet editor Joshua Holland demolishes the Right's biggest and most outrageous myths about the economy Taxes kill growth. Labor unions hurt their members. Government regulation destroys jobs. These are just a few of the biggest lies in the web of misinformation spun by conservatives and the Chamber of Commerce. Holland's book dissects each malicious fiction to show how t AlterNet editor Joshua Holland demolishes the Right's biggest and most outrageous myths about the economy Taxes kill growth. Labor unions hurt their members. Government regulation destroys jobs. These are just a few of the biggest lies in the web of misinformation spun by conservatives and the Chamber of Commerce. Holland's book dissects each malicious fiction to show how the Right is just plain wrong on the economy—wrong on jobs, wrong on the deficit, wrong on taxes, wrong on trade. Takes down old and new conservative myths about the economy, including healthcare, stimulus, progressive taxes, Wall Street regulation, and more Filled with recent quotes from conservative politicians and pundits, from the misleading to the laughable to the totally outrageous Tackles specific aspects of the Republicans' economic agenda, including their 2010 alternatives to Obama's budget Deftly written and rigorously documented by Alternet senior writer/editor Joshua Holland With the economy set to be the driving issue before and after the 2010 midterm elections, The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy sets the record straight on every part of the conservatives' economic agenda.

30 review for The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy: And Everything Else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mario García

    This book is about corner cases from its very inception: Even the title is well deserved, but might be confused with the kind of empty reads that ideologically driven people use to get their daily delusional fix from. This is a remarkable study. Propaganda (PR "industry") has lead the US (and most of the world) towards a blind path where people are with or against so called Statism while Big Money monopolies and mischievous politicians get away with murder. Joshua Holland shamelessly leans toward This book is about corner cases from its very inception: Even the title is well deserved, but might be confused with the kind of empty reads that ideologically driven people use to get their daily delusional fix from. This is a remarkable study. Propaganda (PR "industry") has lead the US (and most of the world) towards a blind path where people are with or against so called Statism while Big Money monopolies and mischievous politicians get away with murder. Joshua Holland shamelessly leans towards liberalism while leaving a little gap of ample academic notes and references that could constitute a book on its own right. So you have to agree with him no matter where your own conclusions point to. The facts are the facts: So called illegal immigrants are an economic necessity for the whole society, free-market advocates are basically self-protectionist hypocrites a la Friedman, most public institutions are quite efficient before politicians with dirty pockets reduce budgets to break them towards privatization, private companies with big power are as inefficient and weak as their recurrent need for public bailouts goes, etcetera. Also exposing how some GOP and private studies completely distort the data just for ideological purposes. Thus, astonishingly fragmentary chapters are what constitutes the sincerity of this book. Most of them are undoubtedly separate studies which happen to converge around the same panorama. If your inner child demands proof, you have to wait until the end of the book to see him expose Obama's Green Economy. Which was sadly too short. Holland did not write a book to tell you how to think but rather show you the facts and its distortions by well paid propagandists. This helps identifying exact historic moments in which free-market rhetoric created most of the social damage the US people from all corners is suffering today.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Book

    The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy by Joshua Holland "The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy" is a very good book that debunks the most outrageous right-wing claims about the economy. This 304-page book is composed of the following fifteen chapters: 1. Conservatives Don't Want Good Government, 2. It's Not Your Fault There Aren't Enough Good Jobs, 3. There Is No Free Market, 4. How Could Anyone Believe The Big Banks Are Victims, 5. Tax Cuts Aren't A Solution To Every Problem, 6. Repub The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy by Joshua Holland "The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy" is a very good book that debunks the most outrageous right-wing claims about the economy. This 304-page book is composed of the following fifteen chapters: 1. Conservatives Don't Want Good Government, 2. It's Not Your Fault There Aren't Enough Good Jobs, 3. There Is No Free Market, 4. How Could Anyone Believe The Big Banks Are Victims, 5. Tax Cuts Aren't A Solution To Every Problem, 6. Republicans Have Never Cared About The Deficit, 7. America Has No Respect For Family Values, 8. Our Health-Care System Is A Huge Rip-Off, 9. Obama Is Not A Socialist, 10. Green Jobs Are A Great Idea, 11. The Europeans Are All Right, 12. "Illegal" Immigration Isn't Hurting Your Prospects, 13. Blacks Still Kept Back, 14. Unions Still Matter, and 15. There's Nothing Free About Free Trade. Positives: 1. A very well-written book that covers the most important myths about our economy. 2. Very accessible book. The author does a wonderful job of conveying his thoughts in a lucid manner without being unintelligible. 3. A very good resource for progressives. 4. Mr. Holland does a wonderful job of debunking right-wing myths about the economy through the use of compelling data, sound arguments and at times even graphs. 5. The rise of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his economical Roadmap. 6. The economical mobility of Americans explained. 7. Thought-provoking book, "Now, in the era of No Child Left Behind, most kids are being taught to take tests, rather than to think". 8. One of the biggest myths of conservative economics, the existence of an organic "free market". 9. The importance of regulation in the markets and some very good examples. 10. The truth behind the mortgage mess. 11. The truth behind what the rich pay in income taxes. 12. Interesting take on the federal budget. 13. The truth about Social Security and Medicare. 14. Taxes owed but not collected and why!! 15. The truth about the gender gap. 16. The healthcare debate. 17. The myth about the "death panels" arrggg! 18. The truth about lobbyists. 19. "Corporate personhood". 20. The importance of environmental protections. Some examples that will make you mad. 21. The true leaders of renewable energy. 22. The truth about the impact of immigrants to our economy. 23. The impact of NAFTA. 24. The impact of unions. 25. Who really controls trade policy? Find out. 26. Kindle links worked! 27. Great notes section. Negatives: 1. This book is clearly one-sided and not even-handed. 2. The portrayal of Ann Rand portrayed as a serial killer groupie was unfortunate and unnecessary. In summary, "The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy" was an interesting read. Mr. Holland does a very good job of making his case by providing logical arguments. The book of course is completely biased to the left but since I'm in agreement with most of his positions it was agreeable to me. Ultimately, the book did meet my expectations. It was thought-provoking, interesting and educational.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ted Magnuson

    Everyone knows that the Media is more interested in shock value than in building a wholesome society where merit is rewarded, the playing field is level and we live in 'the best of all possible worlds.' Then along comes this book. Wow. The author's arguments are powerful. My chief complaint against the book is "if things are this bad, if the deck is so stacked in favor of intransigence...That them that gots gets while those who don't won't-- What are we to do about it? Some of the more alarming sta Everyone knows that the Media is more interested in shock value than in building a wholesome society where merit is rewarded, the playing field is level and we live in 'the best of all possible worlds.' Then along comes this book. Wow. The author's arguments are powerful. My chief complaint against the book is "if things are this bad, if the deck is so stacked in favor of intransigence...That them that gots gets while those who don't won't-- What are we to do about it? Some of the more alarming statistics cited-- At the height of the housing bubble the housing stock was valued at $10 trillion while the derivatives that insured them were valued at $60 trillion. He accuses the WTO of repressing clean energy in that manufacturing can be moved off-shore where emission standards are less. Thus, along with cheap imports, the pollution load on the planet is increased despite the fact that technology exists to avoid all that. The WTO rules prioritize multinational profits at the expense of public health and social values. The fact cats drive fancy cars while the rough and tumble get smoked. A 2003 Northwestern University study tracked white interviewees with prison records and black interviewees with comparable education and experiece (without prison convictions), and found the white interviewees were more successful in applying for jobs. Energy legislation is written by the oil companies Environmental legislation is written by the chemical companies. Some other areas worth exploring-- While Europeans may be taxed at higher rates than Americans, European taxes cover healthcare and higher education. One can only wonder at some of the recent shenanigans of big business. The TARP bailout was studied at length. Big business claims to be keen on smaller government, less government involvement in business, yet it looks like this 'free market' talk depends on whose car fell into the ditch Incidently, as of April 2010, according to the WSJ and quoted in Wikepedia, less than $100 billion of the TARP loans are outstanding, which is less than 1% of the housing stock and even less than that of the estwhile derivatives alledly backing them. Politicians, statemen, business leaders, those who seek a more wholesome vibrant society, judging from Mr. Holland's claims, there is a great deal of work to be done! Now is no time to bury our heads in the sand. Good for Business

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    The Megadeth title came to mind as I thought about this book and the reviews I'd read. This book is targeted towards the right but most likely to be read by the left. It gave me tons of material to take on conservative friends and family members, but in the end, they simply doubt the book's credibility and facts (as only a conservative can), and brush off the material in typical stubborn fashion. Trust me, I've already tried. Books like this, well written, exhaustively researched, and chock full The Megadeth title came to mind as I thought about this book and the reviews I'd read. This book is targeted towards the right but most likely to be read by the left. It gave me tons of material to take on conservative friends and family members, but in the end, they simply doubt the book's credibility and facts (as only a conservative can), and brush off the material in typical stubborn fashion. Trust me, I've already tried. Books like this, well written, exhaustively researched, and chock full of the kind of arguments you wish some of the dopes on talk shows would provide, are far too rare and rarely this easy to read. I recommend the book to those looking for material to bolster their beliefs. There is a comfort in knowing that you're not insane and that the politicians and CEOs are driving this country to financial ruin. That said, I'd recommend it for conservatives too, but I know they'd never take the bait. If they did, they'd simply deny it. Like evolution.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I read through 42% and i was on my 17th note in the book. I couldn't continued reading it. Its poorly researched and lacks any thoughtful analysis. This is like reading a book by Rush or Glenn Beck. This is truly a political book, not economics. I'm surprised this was even published. Its clearly written to shock you so the facts are cherry picked, realities and counter-arguments are glossed over, and the language is clearly meant to diminish "the right" or the libertarian thinkers. End result: D I read through 42% and i was on my 17th note in the book. I couldn't continued reading it. Its poorly researched and lacks any thoughtful analysis. This is like reading a book by Rush or Glenn Beck. This is truly a political book, not economics. I'm surprised this was even published. Its clearly written to shock you so the facts are cherry picked, realities and counter-arguments are glossed over, and the language is clearly meant to diminish "the right" or the libertarian thinkers. End result: Don't waste your time. Read a book by a well-respected left leaning economist and get a well-researched picture of the economy from a leftist.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benj FitzPatrick

    Most of the points are well thought out and based an substantial amounts of data, with citations. Though, he occasionally throws one liners at the end of a section that completely undermine his arguments (read: don't blame the GOP for using horrifically old data to back up their claims and then add a short quip from the 1800s in support of your idea).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joe Davis

    Awesome.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Ross

    A great book documenting how mistaken supply-side economics are in both their predictions and their outcomes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill

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    Nigel

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pensive_sojourner

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chip Wagar

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Barry Cunningham

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    Cameron Kathol

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh Hines

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Hawkins

    Lots of stuff, but people aren't listening.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sue Garrison

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie Totsch

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Fred Smith

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Edwin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bakari

  30. 4 out of 5

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