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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Jeopardy requires one to think about trade-offs between two or more separate but interdependent axes of goods and values, while perversity simply argues that we will go the wrong way along a single axis. Progress and Its Critics.

The Rhetoric of Reaction

In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought. Temporal Boundaries of Law and Politics. In the process, his book makes an original contribution to democratic thought.

Hirschman also critiques progressive rhetoric for having too sunny a view, but despite his claims of even-handedness, he seems to be a lot harder on the reactionaries.

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Write a customer review. The Passions and the Interests. Hirschman was Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, following a career of prestigious appointments, honors, and awards.

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The Rhetoric of Reaction. This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Unfortunately, Hirschman doesn’t address these issues, so if you’re interested in exploring them you will need to look elsewhere. Four Theories of the Press.

Share your thoughts with other customers. The sustained attack on intransigence, the bias in favor of hope, the delight in paradox, the insistence on the creative power of doubt–all these prove albertt lot of people wrong.

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Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy is a book by theorist Albert O. The Politics of Truth. Clear, incisive, and damning. Hirschman Snippet view – Democracy in What State? Retrieved from ” https: The Demon in Democracy. Four stars because this is not an easy book to read. 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.


The Passions and the Interests is an excellent history of why capitalism seemed like such a savior when Adam Smith and others were promoting it, and how those arguments have persisted and mutated. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. His antipathy to reaction, which seeks to thwart innovation, change and reform, is gently stated but palpable. March 1, Imprint: Human Rights and the Uses of History. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

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