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 [1]. In this book Keywords: sustainable development; Albert O. Hirschman; pragmatism; planning;.

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His study raises some unstated questions about the psychology of conservatism, the tendency of the populous to be drawn in by such arguments, and the ease with which they can be deployed in short soundbites making them ideal for a modern mass media.

While the three arguments Hirschman describes have been used most often by conservatives, he turns in the final chapters to hirschmwn occasional tendency of “progressives” to deploy similarly intransigent arguments.

Democracy Past and Future. Futility is less hyperbolic and scary than the other two and so easily loses out.

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He draws his examples from three hirschmab waves of reactive thought that arose in response to the liberal ideas of the French Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, to democratization and the drive toward universal suffrage in the nineteenth century, and reactiion the welfare state in our own century.


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 by ordinary citizens or academics.

In each case he identifies three principal arguments invariably used: 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. In the final chapter, Hirschman takes the opposite tack and discusses progressive narratives which are equally simplistic and flawed.

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The best essay ever written about the excuses Conservatives like to grab in order to stop social conquests. In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought. Hirschman, an admitted progressive, examines reactionary and conservative arguments of three types:. Share your thoughts with other customers. Human Rights and the Uses of History. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The Democratic Spirit of Law.

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Giannetti addresses the issue only tangentially, but he does give a full account of the kind of self-delusion that a lot of conservative thinking requires.


A superb book providing remarkable insight into political movements it is almost as if one has decoded political behavior and revealed many situations which are reborn continuously. It illuminates yesterday, today, and tomorrow In each case he identifies hirscnman principal arguments invariably used: The Challenge of Liberty: God and Man at Yale: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. For those who aspire to the genuine dialogue that characterizes a truly democratic society, Hirschman points out that rhetoeic types of rhetoric function, in effect, as contraptions designed to make debate impossible.

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