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. With engaging wit and subtle irony, Albert Hirschman maps the diffuse and treacherous The Rhetoric of Reaction is a delightful handbook for all discussions of.

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Hirschman Snippet view – 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. Four stars because this is not an easy book to read. New candidates for inclusion in the Hirschmanian lexicon are perversity, reaaction, and jeopardy Hirchman Essential Hirschman Kindle Edition.

These do map uncannily onto my own Three Versions of Conservatism. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The Odyssey of Albert O. The Rhetoric of Reaction: It is breathtakingly simple, yet deep with implications I think Hirschman misses one significant reason why it is more successful than jeopardy.

Although the book looks hirscyman historical issues and arguments used over the last years, you recognize the same rhetoric being used by current politicians and Facebook commentators today. It’s strongly recommended for conservatives, too. Hirschman draws his examples from This book will have both sides of the table thinking – which is always a good thing.

According to the perversity thesis, any purposive action to improve some feature of the political, social, or economic order only serves to exacerbate the condition one wishes to remedy. Hirschman took pleasure in small ideas rather than immense ideologies and was skeptical of theory.

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Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. Likewise not only with voice and loyalty but also with passions and interests. 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: I think it was Frost who said that poetry tells hhe something you knoew and didn’t know you knew.

Views Read Edit View history. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: There is no contemporary social scientist anywhere in the world who has said more profound things in fewer elegant words than Albert Hirschman.

Then, to a lesser degree, it turns to the progressive side. The mapping is Elitist Conservative: I’m no scholar but do appreciate putting my mind to work. Hirschman also critiques progressive hhirschman for having too sunny a view, but despite his claims of even-handedness, he seems to be a lot harder on the reactionaries. 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.

The Passions and the Interests: Futility is less hyperbolic and scary than the other two and so easily loses out.

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The Curse ghe Bigness: In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought. Hirschman, an admitted progressive, examines reactionary and conservative arguments of three types: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

The Rhetoric of Reaction. Albert Hirschman was an amazing writer and his three slim books written for a general readership make their points with incredible efficiency. 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.

It is at its best when most concrete.