If columnist Jonah Goldberg can write a book about “Liberal Facism,” is was only a matter of time before someone truly looked into the notion of a “Nanny State,” a term Chuck DeVore has claimed to “coined” and “popularized,” and noted that rich conservatives are the chief beneficiary of Nanny State policies.
Economist Dean Baker even offers a free PDF of this book, “The Conservative Nanny State.”Â Go here to get yours. Now the book came out in 2006, but it still pretty spot on for today.Â
Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is co-author of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot, University of Chicago Press, 1999), coauthor of The Benefits of Full Employment (with Jared Bernstein, Economic Policy Institute, 2004), and author of The History of the United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2006). He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting.
It’s a quick read and something our conservative and libetarian friends here in the OC will hate.