By Paul Krugman

Original yr of publication: 2007

This totally unique new paintings by way of the best-selling writer of the nice Unraveling demanding situations the United States to reclaim the values that made it great.
With this significant new quantity, Paul Krugman, today's most generally learn economist, reports the prior 80 years of yankee heritage, from the reforms that tamed the tough inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that success and the reemergence of mammoth financial and political inequality because the Nineteen Seventies. trying to comprehend either what occurred to middle-class the US and what it is going to take to accomplish a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his best ebook to this point, a piece that weaves jointly a nuanced account of 3 generations of historical past with sharp political, social, and monetary research. This ebook, written with Krugman's trademark skill to provide an explanation for advanced concerns easily, will remodel the controversy approximately American social coverage in a lot a similar method as did John Kenneth Galbraith's deeply influential ebook, The prosperous Society.

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The court said that only a “compelling state interest” would justify making someone comply with a law that offended her faith. Twenty-seven years later, however, the court held in Employment Division v. Smith23 that the state of Oregon did not violate the First Amendment rights of two members of a Native American church by denying their unemployment benefits because they had been fired for using the hallucinogenic drug peyote Under God 27 as part of the church’s rituals. Justice Scalia’s majority opinion held that, so long as law was “generally applicable” and did not discriminate against religion, it could be enforced even against persons whose lawbreaking was rooted in religious conviction.

Despite support from President Bush, the Senate failed twice to cut off debate on a bipartisan “comprehensive” immigration reform bill that opponents denounced as “amnesty” because it would allow some 12 million illegal aliens to remain 16 FIGHTING FAITHS in the United States without fear of deportation. ) Immigration also figured in the Republican presidential primary race. Although Tom Tancredo, who crusaded against illegal immigration, was an early casualty of the 2008 Republican presidential campaign, his influence was felt after his departure— notably in the shift by John McCain, a supporter of comprehensive reform, to an “enforcement-first” position.

Had vigorously enforced the laws against polygamy, we would not have dangerous cults like the FLDS that are premised on extreme obedience of women and girls to domineering men and the disposal of teenage boys. Instead of preventing systemic abuse and neglect, authorities have been timid in the face of specious claims of religious liberty. ” 28 FIGHTING FAITHS Is God on Our Side? A final dispute over the meaning of “under God” concerns America’s role in the world. ” Not everyone agrees. ” Against that theologically rooted American exceptionalism, the religious left cautions against a misplaced sense of mission.

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