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Conclusion: The Lesson of the Rink

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT . . .

My last book, All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy, presented a broad vision of where economic policy has gotten off track and where it should be headed. When I made this argument to people, someone would invariably raise the question, “What can we do to see that ideas like these have a chance to get implemented?”

This is, of course, a fundamental question, but one I hadn’t thought enough about. Back then, I viewed my job as crunching the numbers, communicating the story they told, and helping build the policy agenda to get those numbers moving back in the right direction. I lazily figured that someone else could do the heavy lifting to translate the ideas ...

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