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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Albert O. Hirschman: The Rhetoric of Reaction

Maybe this is just my own bias: This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Politics at the Turn of the Century. The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy.

Hirschman, an admitted progressive, examines reactionary and conservative arguments of three types: Such even-handedness is refreshing.

Hirschman provides a kind of Reader’s Guide to Reactionary Culture. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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It illuminates yesterday, today, and tomorrow Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Four Theories of the Press. 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. Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy on your Kindle in under a minute. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

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Hirschman, though immensely learned in the western canon, championed learning through experience, through trial and error, description in nuance rather than formula, and applauded failure as a valuable means of acquiring knowledge.

In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought. If you watch Fox News and sometimes, unfortunately, Obama’s speeches you know what I and Hischman say. 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.

Drawing examples from three apbert 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.


Hirschman ‘s work changes how you see the world. 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.

Progress and Its Critics. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The Rhetoric of Reaction is a bit more slbert and abstract than those allbert. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. The Eyes of the People. Hirschman draws his examples from three successive 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 to the welfare state in our own century.