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  •  He is now an Eisenhower Republican (5+ / 0-)
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    with some communication affinities with Reagan.

    Too bad he never quite got to Dr. Richard Koo in his economic readings. The big Balance Sheet Recession events are where Keynesian theory works best.

    Otherwise the slower monetary policy approaches are better.

    "Reagan's Legacy" is interesting. These guys, all of them, have a view of Reagan that includes single-handedly doing magic and bringing down Communism.

    •  Neither of which Reaan did, by the way; the (6+ / 0-)

      inflation problem was solved the good old Keynsian way by the Fed -- they boosted interst rates sky high and choked money out of the system until things got real again.

      Communism started falling apart late in Kruschev's reign, and by the late 1970's all but the hardest light dogmatics were recognizing it. The collapse of communism (which happend on Bush Sr's watch, not Reagan's, btw) was just the dramatic ending of a long drawn out death spiral, enduced by the internal contradictions of communist ideology; not by anything the US did or didn't do.

      Economically Reagan spoke out of both sides of his mouth; he preached the Chicago dogma, and yet crafted policy (after 1982) along Keynsian lines.

      The good I see in this is that it is possible for Republicans to see the real world, and maybe many more will. Otherwise, not really all that exciting.

      •  As I understood it at the time (3+ / 0-)

        ...The Soviet collapse was more about human fallibility than the failure of an ideology (that was never really attempted, anyway). Greed and corruption had more to do with that collapse than any inherent flaw in Communism.

        The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

        by lotusmaglite on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:30:51 AM PST

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        •  Together with the Catholic Church. (4+ / 0-)

          It was over in Poland when a million Poles walked past the secret police building, saying "We forgive you."

          •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)

            I forgot about that, and it's important to remember these things. Too often, I think, we forget the many good things the lesser clergy and laity have done, while focusing on the horrible abuse and the coverup. I'm no fan of the Catholic Church, but I sure am a fan of some of their followers' good works.

            The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

            by lotusmaglite on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:51:10 AM PST

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        •  actually the Beatles and the craze that (0+ / 0-)

          developed from their music destroyed the idea of the impervious state. It showed up the old fogy top echelon and allowed rebellion that was fairly safe. Just the subversive change in hair style showed the impotence of the ruling class. Those who were arrested with "contraband" records had their heads shaved but they couldn't lock up everyone under 30 or so.

          It instantly gave a unity to the younger people, a shared rebellion, a comradeship.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:54:21 AM PST

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      •  You should give some credit to Gorbachev though. (2+ / 0-)
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        Communism would have collapsed either way but he at least mostly avoided bloodshed. Reagan deserves only very limited credit for not doing anything really stupid.

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