The Rhetoric of Reaction

Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy

Recommended by Mark Blyth, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #82 in Rhetoric

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.

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....

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Mark Blyth He says that when the same arguments have been used without much modification for 300 years regardless of the area in which they are deployed, we should be suspicious of them. (Source)

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