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Rhetoric of Reaction Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy

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ISBN-10: 067476868X

ISBN-13: 9780674768680

Edition: 1991

Authors: Albert O. Hirschman

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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. In each case he identifies three principal arguments invariably used: (1) the perversity thesis, whereby…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Two Hundred Years of Reactionary
Rhetoric Three Reactions and Three Reactionary
Theses a Note on The Term ""Reaction""
The Perversity Thesis
The French Revolution and Proclamation of The Perverse Effect
Universal Suffrage and Its Alleged Perverse Effects
The Poor Laws and The Welfare State Reflections on The Perversity Thesis
The Futility Thesis
Questioning The Extent of Change
Wrought by The French Revolution: Tocqueville Questioning The Extent of Change Likely to Follow from U