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The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative…

The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion…

by Dan Kaufman

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I try to stay current on U.S. politics, however depressing it is and I try to keep an eye on our neighboring state, to the north, but this excellent look at Wisconsin politics, caught me by surprise and I realized how little I knew about how progressive the Badger State has been, over the last 2 centuries. It is a fascinating, at times horrifying, impeccably well-researched, look at the past and current political environment, of the good ole US of A. Highly recommended. ( )
  msf59 | Mar 28, 2019 |
This book is frightening and important to understand. While there are several factors involved, including the weakening of Union solidarity, or Union based solidarity, as well as gerrymandering and tearing down of State institutions that worked for the common good, I believe the most important is manufacturing of consent, which most people are not aware of, at least regarding ALEC and the legislative pairing with conservative think tanks drafting deliberately obfuscated model bills . This is where the importance of critical thinking, and truly Democratic access by all citizens to all lawmakers is key. ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway! ( )
  tenamouse67 | Jul 21, 2018 |
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"For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known ... for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a 'laboratory of democracy,' a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and the birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea ... But following a Republican sweep of the state's government in 2010, Wisconsin's political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency. [This book is an] ... account of how the state's progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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