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Why You Should Read Jonathan Chait's "The Big Con"

Two reasons: (a) the book is very well written; (b) the book has a very important message.

Jonathan Chait summarizes the message of _The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by CrackpotEconomics in email:

Let me take this as a serious question and offer an answer: It's important to understand that the Republican Party is mostly an organized conspiracy to redistribute wealth upwards, that deceit is an essential element of their M.O., that the conservative movement is fundamentally radical and dangerous, that the national media have done an abysmal job of covering politics and policy, and that the Bush administration has overturned the basic norms of governance that have prevailed for decades...