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American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich
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American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich

Написано Jacob S. Hacker и Paul Pierson

Озвучено Holter Graham

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From the groundbreaking author team behind the bestselling Winner-Take-All Politics, a timely and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned.

In Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson explained how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. Now in American Amnesia, they trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity.

Like every other prospering democracy, the United States developed a mixed economy that channeled the spirit of capitalism into strong growth and healthy social development. In this bargain, government and business were as much partners as rivals. Public investments in education, science, transportation, and technology laid the foundation for broadly based prosperity. Programs of economic security and progressive taxation provided a floor of protection and business focused on the pursuit of profit—and government addressed needs business could not.

The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalist have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain how—and why they must be stopped.
ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательSimon & Schuster Audio
Дата выпуска29 мар. 2016 г.
ISBN9781508215745
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich
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Jacob S. Hacker

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, he is the author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, The Divided Welfare State, and, with Paul Pierson, of American Amnesia: The Forgotten Roots of Our Prosperity; Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. He has appeared recently on The NewsHour, MSNBC, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
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    I read this as a companion to Jane Mayer's "Dark Money." In comparison, it has a much broader scope, which I appreciated, while avoiding personal details like the Koch brothers' biographies. You learn about the Koch brothers' political network, that Mayer covers in more detail, but also about other right-wing organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. There is also more history, policy and economics than in Mayer's book. The tone is a bit more strident than Mayer. Even though I agree with the authors' thesis of the importance of the mixed economy, I don't think they argued for it very well. I expected a book with more economic history and less politics.
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    Two political scientists discuss the history of the "mixed economy" in the United States, how it was dismantled, and why our current political and economic malaise is due to it's absence.  The mixed economy was ascendant in the United States from roughly the 1910s to the 1970s and at it's height received wide bipartisan support and was recognized as unchallengable norm by even the most right-wing Republicans.  Mixed economy is defined as one in which corporations have wide ranging freedom to control the means of production and accumulate capital but the government has strong powers of regulation while also providing extensive public services.During the long progressive period when the US was under a mixed economy, government was generally looked upon in a positive light.  The "American amnesia" is the state we are in today where most Americans are anti-government and have completely forgotten our ancestors' admiration for government.  This is due to a five decade campaign spearheaded by individuals such as the Koch Brothers and corporate interests like the Business Round Table and the Chamber of Commerce whose Randian ideology of free market libertarianism required debasing and then dismantling the government and the mixed economy.  These views soon were adopted as the Republican Party platform and by the 1990s, even Democrats echoed anti-government sentiments.This book is important work of political science, economics, and history that shows where Americans once were in a time of more generally widespread prosperity, how we lost that, and what we can do to regain it.