Thursday, 17 May 2012

Reich's Beyond Outrage

My review of Robert Reich's "Beyond Outrage" as posted at (I gave it 3 out of 5 stars).

This is a very short book in which Reich gives an overview of the issues and inequities facing the American economy. There's not really much that is new here for people who regularly read his column/blog. He addresses a lot in these 85 pages so it tends to treat issues lightly and be quite polemic in nature. The solutions he offers are predictable, and reasonable to many on the left, but unlikely to be implemented, e.g., create a public option for healthcare, pour lots more money into infrastructure, get big money out of politics.

I'd been hoping for something more than a compilation of his articles, perhaps giving more time to considering and refuting the arguments that arise in response to his suggestions. Similarly, his solutions are unlikely to be supported by most Democrats, let alone the Republicans, so more attention to strategies to implement and/or partial measures that could help would also have been useful. To be fair, though, the book is very reasonably priced and well worth the small fee.

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