With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous world of reactionary rhetoric in which conservative public figures. Editorial Reviews. Review. Propelled by an ecumenical motive–to explain the ‘ massive, Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy – Kindle edition by Albert O. Hirschman. With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous The Rhetoric of Reaction is a delightful handbook for all discussions of.

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His antipathy to reaction, which seeks to thwart innovation, change and reform, is gently stated but palpable.

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Finally, in a lightning turnabout, he shows that progressives are frequently apt to employ closely related rhetorical postures, which are as biased as their reactionary counterparts. Hirschman also critiques progressive rhetoric for having too sunny a view, but despite his claims of even-handedness, he seems to be a lot harder on the rhetoriic.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Charmingly written, this book can benefit a diverse readership. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Far more efficient to argue that welfare will make people poor, that affirmative action will disenfranchise minorities, that antitrust will destroy competition. Giannetti addresses the issue only tangentially, but he does give a rhetlric account of the kind of self-delusion that a lot hirdchman conservative thinking requires.

These do map uncannily onto my own Three Versions of Conservatism. Harvard University Press Amazon.


The Rhetoric of Reaction

In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Hirschman provides a kind of Reader’s Guide to Reactionary Culture.

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If to be free a people must have been so in the past, if it must have had a good government to be able to aspire to one today or if at least it must be able to imagine tne had these two thingsthen such a people is immobilized by its own past, its future is foreclosed; and there are nations that are condemned to dwell forever in despair.

I think that the French Revolution reaftion did force progressives to look at the potential costs of revolution more closely, and that itself may have helped to radicalize the rhetoric. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Hirschman is a master of our art. Write a customer review. Mention the word exit at any gathering of social scientists, and everyone will free-associate with the idea that complex organizations and processes renew themselves because people will leave for opportunities elsewhere instead of remaining and fighting for change. The same neocons who tell us how we should be aping Athenian democracy today are reversing the same pattern used by Fustel de Coulanges inwho said that the democracy of Athens was only possible through a complete absence of what we call liberty.

The best essay ever written about the excuses Conservatives like to grab in order to stop social conquests. Hirschman was Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, at the Institute for Thw Study in Princeton, following a career of prestigious appointments, honors, and awards. The Rhetoric of Reaction is a bit more diffuse and abstract than those books. In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought.


Jeopardy is multidimensionalwhile perversity is monodimensional. Views Read Edit View history. For those who aspire to the genuine dialogue that characterizes a truly democratic society, Hirschman points out that both types of rhetoric function, in effect, as contraptions designed to make debate impossible. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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Hirschman, an admitted progressive, examines reactionary and conservative arguments of three types: Economics for the Common Good. A superb book providing remarkable insight into political movements it is almost as if one has decoded political behavior and hirscchman many situations which are reborn continuously.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. In the final chapter, Hirschman takes rdaction opposite tack and discusses progressive narratives which are equally simplistic and flawed.