Welcome to a new bit of regular programming at Not A Hedgehog – the Friday Freebie.
Let’s be frank – Leftists like information. They clog up our universities, students and lecturs both, reading, talking and thinking about stuff to do with advancing the socialist agenda. You know the sort of issues I mean – things like protecting human and civil rights, assisting the disadvantaged, and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to benefit from economic and technological advancement.
However, it is commonly known that teh Left does not like to pay for things. Although free Internet access never did take off in Australia, open-access web sites and downloads are about the closest we are likely to come to truly free information – aside, of course, from when the government is kind enough to distribute a “how to help your child access good drugs” booklet.
The Friday Freebies will become a repository of links to interesting, topical and zero-cost communist propaganda resources for progressives. Each week, I will introduce a free resource that I think will be useful to teh angry Leftists – books, podcasts, web sites, etc. The aim is to compile a toolkit for understanding and advancing progressive ideals.
The inaugural Freebie is a book – “The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer” by Dean Baker. Dr Baker is an economist and serves as co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, as well as writing a blog on economic reporting titled “Beat the Press” at The American Prospect.
Baker’s book examines how conservative economic policy can be exploited by the wealthy to maintain and perpetuate inequality – in particular, how the wealthiest individuals and corporations exert control over the supposedly free market to maintain their position. Published in May 2006, the book may be bought in paperback form, but there are two free versions available:
- An e-book in HTML, PDF and iPaper formats
- An audiobook available through Audible (account creation required)
Do you have a tip for future freebies? Contact me with any suggestions or requests.