Santorum's Mighty Wind
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How do you resolve this riddle? Perhaps by concluding that the common denominator to contemporary conservative thought isn't ideology at all, but rather, the crude imperative for big government to shovel as many special privileges as possible to big corporations. Adam Smith would be appalled.
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.
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