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The Submerged State

Originally proposed by Thomas Chancellor Tue May 08, 2012 – 8 views before being transplanted here.

Full title: "The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy" by Suzanne Mettler, University of Chicago Press (2011), 176 pp. Cost of paperback is $10.20, plus shipping, at Amazon. Studies have shown that many American's receiving the benefit of government programs are unaware they are receiving government benefits ("keep your government hands off my Medicare") because many of the programs are designed to be hidden from view (for example in the tax laws) with the result that many citizens (and not just tea party types) underestimate the scale of government activity in general and the extent to which it benefits them individually. The book explains this (which is apparently more pronounced in the U.S. than other developed countries), why it has happened, and what we should do about it.

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