Free Book: “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive”

By Dean Baker

Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservatives’ framing of political debates. They have accepted a framing where conservatives want market outcomes whereas liberals want the government to intervene to bring about outcomes that they consider fair.

This is not true. Conservatives rely on the government all the time, most importantly in structuring the market in ways that ensure that income flows upwards. The framing that conservatives like the market while liberals like the government puts liberals in the position of seeming to want to tax the winners to help the losers.

This “loser liberalism” is bad policy and horrible politics. Progressives would be better off fighting battles over the structure of markets so that they don’t redistribute income upward. This book describes some of the key areas where progressives can focus their efforts in restructuring market so that more income flows to the bulk of the working population rather than just a small elite.

By releasing The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive under a Creative Commons license and as a free download, Baker walks the walk of one of his key arguments — that copyrights are a form of government intervention in markets that leads to enormous inefficiency, in addition to redistributing income upward. (Hard copies areavailable for purchase, at cost)  Distributing the book for free not only enables it to reach a wider audience, but Baker hopes to drive home one of the book’s main points via his own example. While the e-book is free, donations to the Center for Economic and Policy Research are welcomed.

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One Response to “Free Book: “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive””
  1. gregzaller says:

    Wow Don, I am shooting from hip but this sounds a little like Common Sense by Thomas Payne, a few years ago. http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/

    Our education system has badly failed us. At least we can read and write, generally, so the problem of finding out about new ideas shouldn’t be quite as hard as starting from scratch, I hope.

    I am convinced that there needs to be an online university where we can go and seriously get educated about the things that matter today. The content of this book might be a candidate for a course there.

    You can’t change things by fighting the existing reality, you have to build a new model that makes the old obsolete. (Buckminster Fuller)

    I’ll be back after looking them over.

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