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By Paul Pierson, Jacob S. Hacker

ISBN-10: 1451667841

ISBN-13: 9781451667844

From the groundbreaking writer workforce at the back of the bestselling Winner-Take-All Politics, a well timed and topical paintings that examines what’s reliable for American company and what’s reliable for Americans—and why these pursuits are misaligned.

In Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson defined how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. Now in American Amnesia, they hint the commercial and political heritage of the U.S. over the past century and convey how a manageable combined economic climate has lengthy been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity.

Like some other prospering democracy, the USA built a combined economic system that channeled the spirit of capitalism into robust development and fit social improvement. during this cut price, executive and enterprise have been as a lot companions as competitors. Public investments in schooling, technological know-how, transportation, and know-how laid the basis for largely dependent prosperity. courses of monetary safety and revolutionary taxation supplied a flooring of defense and enterprise keen on the pursuit of profit—and govt addressed wishes company may not.

The combined financial system used to be crucial social innovation of the 20th century. It unfold a formerly unbelievable point of extensive prosperity. It enabled steep raises in schooling, future health, sturdiness, and monetary safety. And but, terribly, it's anathema to many present fiscal and political elites. and because the advocates of anti-government loose marketplace fundamentalist have won energy, they're hell-bent on scrapping the software of approximately a century of unparalleled financial and social development. In American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson clarify how—and why they have to be stopped.

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For all that, there is the insistence that the Alleanza still represents a “democratic fascism” – which is really neofascism. See Roger Griffin, “The ‘Post-Fascism’ of the Alleanza Nazionale: A Case Study in Ideological Morphology,” Journal of Political Ideologies 1, no. 2 (1996), pp. 123–45. The discussion will proceed in greater detail in Chapter 3. The Decay of an Enterprise 27 capital, the nonmarxists have sought to sustain their efforts by providing a somewhat novel rationale. While eclectic in terms of its substance – picking through those interpretations of Fascism considered and largely dismissed by their predecessors – some of the spokespersons for the new orientation have chosen to return to the convictions entertained by those who fought the Second World War.

Little in the way of an explanation can be offered for the intensity with which the search for neofascism has proceeded since the middle of the 1990s. There has been constant talk of the “rise” of neofascism throughout Europe – and yet those groups that might be credibly identified as neofascist achieved little electoral success. 68 For all that, those dedicated to the pursuit of neofascism have continued with their task. Distinct from those who have once again taken up the notion that Fascism and neofascism can only be understood as tools of industrial 65 66 67 68 See, for example and particularly, the discussion in De Felice, “Introduction to the New Pocket Edition,” pp.

Very little attention was devoted to the histories of flawed Marxist regimes. The theoretical retrenchment proceeded as though the statism, the “cult of personality,” the hegemonic single party, the ideological conformity, the concentration camps, the mass murders, the economic exploitation, and the countless economic failures that filled the history of Marxist-Leninist China or the Soviet Union were completely irrelevant to the contemporary search for neofascism. Fascism was once again identified as the all-but-exclusive source of genocidal violence, irrationality, and reaction.

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