The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan

The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan

Eric Laursen


"Readers mystified by way of the yawning gulf among public opinion and present political dialogue may benefit from the historical past supplied in Eric Laursen’s magisterial heritage, 'The People's Pension: The fight to guard Social safety considering the fact that Reagan' The e-book bargains greater than 800 pages of interesting if gory information about the lobbying efforts and incorrect information campaigns geared toward bringing this system down."—Nancy Folbre, NYTimes Economix Blog

“Laursen has given us a complete account of the 3 decade lengthy battle opposed to Social safety. . . . this can be a attention-grabbing background that progressives needs to study, not just to guard Social safety but additionally to appreciate the dynamics in the back of an efficient long term strategy.”—Dean Baker, writer of False earnings: getting better From the Bubble Economy

“This amazing heritage files the hydra-headed crusade to chop and kill Social safeguard, performed over a long time by means of rightwing bankers, foundations, economists, and politicians. [The People's Pension] is completely urgent.”—James ok. Galbraith, writer of The Predator State

The People's Pension is either groundbreaking historical past and an critical consultant for somebody occupied with one of many largest concerns within the upcoming election. With ninety five percentage of usa citizens partaking within the software both as beneficiaries or via their payroll tax contributions, Social safety is sort of actually the “glue” that binds americans jointly as a group. but within the aftermath of the debt aid deal among Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, the 2012 election gives you to be a type of referendum at the dimension and function of government—including fiscal help courses like Social safeguard. Arguing to democratize, no longer disable, this system, Eric Laursen means that the one answer for Social safeguard is taking it out of the government's fingers altogether.

Eric Laursen is an self sufficient monetary and political journalist, activist, and commentator. The co-founder and previous handling editor of Plan Sponsor, for pension fund executives, Laursen is usually the co-author of Understanding the Crash (2010). His paintings has seemed in a large choice of courses, together with The Huffington publish, The Nation, Institutional Investor, The Village Voice, and Investment Dealer's Digest.

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