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The Conscience Of A Liberal, By Paul Krugman

1411 words - 6 pages

Over the years, America has been struggling to implement a health care reform. Krugman’s book The Conscience of a Liberal discusses a “new New Deal” for America. He proposes that America is ready for another program similar to the ones that Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented during the Great Depression. Krugman suggests that health care reform should be the main focus for the winning administration of the 2008 election. Krugman was right to propose that America should be leaning towards health care reform. Along with the book’s main purpose of health care reform, the book also has main themes consistent through the book. Such themes are America becoming a center-left country, racism and political tricks and various other points.
Paul Krugman was born on the 28th of February in 1953 in New York. He rallied against injustices of society, marched against the bombing of Cambodia and supported liberal political candidates. He considered that most of his generation, along with himself, took the America they grew up in for granted. Krugman published his book The Conscience of a Liberal in 2007 and released the first paperback edition in 2009 with a new introduction. The book has numerous consistent themes throughout the book with the primary purpose to show that America needs a health care reform. Krugman’s views presented in this book are bias due to him being a liberal.
One of the main themes in the book is that America is becoming a more Center-Left Country. Krugman sees America as becoming this due to his liberal outlook. A main argument he presents is that Republicans are losing their popularity in the South because of lessening race issues. On page 13 he states that America is becoming “less white” and he then goes on to say that polling suggests that the electorate has moved significantly to the left on domestic issues since the 1990s. It is further shown how America is changing with the results of the 2008 election. Most Americans consider themselves conservatives yet even though they saw Obama as a liberal they voted for him.
Krugman thought that the Democrats were tempting fate by nominating an African American presidential candidate for the 2008 election. He assumes that the reason the Democrats lost two or three percentage points nationally was due to the candidate’s race. On the other hand, he believes that Americans voting for an African-American president shows that America is becoming less racist. However, this does not mean that race issues have completely vanished.
Another main theme in this book is racism. On page 27 it says that even long after the Irish settled in America they were still considered aliens. The 1928 campaign of an Irishman, Al Smith, was greeted with burning crosses. Krugman states on page 28 that racial antagonism has had a pervasive and malign effect on American politics. Racial and cultural differences among those with shared common economic interests has prevented...

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