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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Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Jeopardy is multidimensionalwhile perversity is monodimensional.

Sunstein New York Review of Books Events, and the example of a thinker like Hirschmanmake it possible at least to hope that the finer side of the Enlightenment–that is, a skeptical but optimistic engagement with the world as it is, as distinct from blindingly overexcited visions of how it might be, if only progressives would stop interfering with it–could soon have its day.

I think Hirschman misses one significant reason why it is more successful than jeopardy. The Demon in Democracy. Simple, elegant, and utterly specious. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: In each case he identifies three principal arguments invariably used–the theses of perversity, futility, and jeopardy.

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Join Our Mailing List: How to write a great review. 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.

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Hirschman, though immensely learned in the western canon, championed learning through experience, through trial and error, description in nuance rather than formula, and applauded failure as a valuable means of acquiring knowledge. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

His study raises some unstated questions about the psychology of conservatism, the tendency of the populous to be drawn in by such arguments, and the ease with which they can be deployed in short soundbites making them ideal for a modern mass media.

Two The Perversity Thesis. Set up a giveaway. Finally, in a rheoric turnabout, he shows that progressives are frequently apt to employ closely related rhetorical postures, which are as biased as their reactionary counterparts.

The Rhetoric of Reaction: The Eyes of the People.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Charmingly written, this book can benefit a diverse readership. Much of his schemata of reactionary rhetoric seemed obvious, but then I realized that to state the obvious in its simplest terms and to aggregate the obvious systematically reveals the impoverishment of the reactionary left and right position, a negative world-view impervious to nuance.

hirsch,an Justice, Humanity and the New World Order. In the final chapter, Hirschman takes the opposite tack and discusses progressive narratives which are equally simplistic and flawed.


Albert O. Hirschman: The Rhetoric of Reaction

The Democratic Spirit of Law. Add both to Cart Add both to List. 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.

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 a lot of people wrong. Constituent Power and Constitutional Order. I think it was Frost who said that poetry tells you something you knoew and didn’t know you knew. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Study of Politics. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3. An attempt to categorize the principle arguments and rhetorical positions used by reactionaries to argue against such historical progressive reforms such as: This page was last edited on 30 Juneat