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The Business of America is Dirty Tricks: Meet the United States Chamber of Commerce

The Business of America is Dirty Tricks: Meet the United States Chamber of Commerce Re f o r m e r s The Business of America is Dirty Tricks Meet the United States Chamber of Commerce 3 Lee Fang ny glance at the inert state of political progress in our market-addled age has to leave even the most dogged investigator a bit bewildered. We live, after all, in an era of economic and ideological drift—of street occupations and ballot-box insurgencies. Yet our institutions of national government remain in shameful fealty to a laissezfaire fantasy. With metronomic predictability, the wise men of Washington preach austerity amid a raging jobs recession and wish away the bulwarks of economic security that make life in these United States (barely) tolerable for fixed-income retirees and poor people who have had the unpardonable bad taste to fall ill. As major manufacturing metropolises go bankrupt, as wages continue to go south while productivity climbs, as mortgages and pension plans are pillaged by the bailed-out banking class, we are trapped in a political consensus that urges government continually to shrink and depicts tax increases on the rich as an unholy abomination against the market’s righteous will. Why, for God’s sake? One answer comes from a place that few Americans spend http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Baffler MIT Press

The Business of America is Dirty Tricks: Meet the United States Chamber of Commerce

The BafflerMar 1, 2014

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Publisher
MIT Press
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© 2014 Lee Fang
ISSN
1059-9789
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2164-926X
DOI
10.1162/BFLR_a_00249
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Abstract

Re f o r m e r s The Business of America is Dirty Tricks Meet the United States Chamber of Commerce 3 Lee Fang ny glance at the inert state of political progress in our market-addled age has to leave even the most dogged investigator a bit bewildered. We live, after all, in an era of economic and ideological drift—of street occupations and ballot-box insurgencies. Yet our institutions of national government remain in shameful fealty to a laissezfaire fantasy. With metronomic predictability, the wise men of Washington preach austerity amid a raging jobs recession and wish away the bulwarks of economic security that make life in these United States (barely) tolerable for fixed-income retirees and poor people who have had the unpardonable bad taste to fall ill. As major manufacturing metropolises go bankrupt, as wages continue to go south while productivity climbs, as mortgages and pension plans are pillaged by the bailed-out banking class, we are trapped in a political consensus that urges government continually to shrink and depicts tax increases on the rich as an unholy abomination against the market’s righteous will. Why, for God’s sake? One answer comes from a place that few Americans spend

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The BafflerMIT Press

Published: Mar 1, 2014

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