The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

How Conservatives Rule

Book - 2008
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Frank argues that conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state, selling off the government, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805079883
0805079882
Branch Call Number: 973.92 F851
Characteristics: x, 369 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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DavidSpencer99
Apr 04, 2018

This book explicates governing methods that Republicans have adopted during a 30-year period prior to 2008. It covers the influence peddling and profiteering, which conservative blogger Matt K Lewis calls the Con$ervative movement. In a Harper's Magazine essay (April 2018), Frank cites criticism of The Wrecking Crew as ""unacceptably radical" and "a Manichaean-minded screed against conservatives." In the Trump era, this statement (page 154) seems prophetic: "Putting federal operations under the direction of people who are hostile to those operations’ existence is the second main tactic of conservative governance. When some aspect of the state is of no conceivable use to the conservative movement—when all the business community wants it to do is die—the standard method of dealing with it is to put the department in question under the control of someone who is either spectacularly ill-suited for the job or vocally opposed to that department’s mission." I suggest reading this book and making your own comparisons between then and now.

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toby1kenobi
Jul 04, 2011

To get an idea about just how much work there is for the new Obama Administration to confront, this is an excellent read. Frank provides a laundry list of examples of corruption, cronyism and bad governance that has been at the heart of a conservative revolution over the last few decades.

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pokano
Aug 07, 2010

This diatribe on the modern conservative movement was exactly that--a diatribe. The book is not without interest, but it would have been much more valuable, not to mention enjoyable to read, if the author had taken a more objective tone of voice.

carknerdy Aug 06, 2009

Quite a good book, and relevant if you want to understand the baffling behavior of government parties.

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