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. Hirschman wrote the Rhetoric of Reaction . In this book Keywords: sustainable development; Albert O. Hirschman; pragmatism; planning;.
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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 having 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.
If the events, in their fatality, have been such that a people does not find, or does not know how to find, its own entitlements in its annals, if no epoch of its history has left behind a good national memory, then all albdrt morals and all the archeology one can mobilize will not be able to endow that people with the faith it lacks nor with the attitudes this faith might have forged.
The Rhetoric of Reaction is a delightful handbook for all discussions of public affairs, the welfare state, and the history of social, economic, and political thought, whether conducted rhetoroc ordinary citizens or academics.
Politics at the Turn of the Century. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Rhetoric of Reaction: Futility is something of a lesser version of the other two, as any action that is useless can then easily be portrayed as wasteful or dangerous.
The Philosophy Of Nationalism. The more conservatives argue the danger, the more they argue that there are never legitimate grounds for change, the more it pushes radicals to say that the danger is necessary and justified.
This is a challenging book to get through, but the subject matter proves thought provoking.
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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. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous world of reactionary rhetoric in which conservative public figures, thinkers, and polemicists have been arguing against progressive agendas and reforms for the past two hundred years. The Rnetoric of Democracy.
A Sociology of Constitutions. I’m no scholar but do appreciate putting my mind to work. I think that the French Revolution itself did force progressives to look at the potential costs of revolution more closely, and that itself may have helped to radicalize the rhetoric.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Idealism and the Abuse of Power. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Review The Rhetoric of Reaction is a study of the reactionary’s tool kit, identifying the standard objections to any and all proposals for reform Hirschman took pleasure in small ideas rather than immense ideologies and was skeptical of theory.
New candidates for inclusion in the Hirschmanian lexicon are perversity, futility, and jeopardy Hirschman draws his examples from See all 12 reviews.
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. Share your thoughts with other customers.
Hard to read but probably worth the effort. The sustained attack on intransigence, the bias in favor of hope, the delight in paradox, the insistence on the creative power of doubt–all these prove a lot of people wrong.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Three The Futility Thesis. The True alvert Only Heaven: Drawing examples from three key periods of reactionary thought – the aftermath of the French Revolution, the nineteenth-century push for universal suffrage, and the more recent rejection of the Welfare State – he tracks the development, deployment and intertwining of the arguments.
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