Tag Archives: Rick Perlstein

Collaborators

The Great Depression so discredited capitalism that it created space for the New Deal reforms implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of these policies, influenced by economist John Maynard Keynes, involved massive government intervention in the economic affairs of … Continue reading

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Wedgie

To accomplish their economic agenda conservatives have historically used race, crime,¬†abortion,¬†and gay marriage as divisive wedge issues. It’s the same today. Indeed, government at every level is under attack by the forces of organized wealth and their political enablers who … Continue reading

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Hearts and Minds

At a party the other day a male relative repeated a familiar sentiment–“Government is the problem. We don’t need any government except the military.” Everyone around him kind of nodded and the party continued. Meanwhile, I wanted to bang my … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

Ideologies that serve elite interests never really go away, they just reconstitute in new guises. In A Brief History of Neoliberalism, author David Harvey argues provocatively that neoliberalism is a continuation of early capitalism, whereby modern corporations are busy re-privitizing … Continue reading

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Dr. Sunstein, we have a problem

What does it take to be a good American? Should we follow our elites and trust that they know best, or should we question and criticize official explanations? I’m reading historian Rick Perlstein’s latest–“The Invisible Bridge,” where he examines this … Continue reading

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Looting

Now that the Republican candidates for president have accused front runner Mitt Romney of practicing “vulture capitalism,” I thought I would share a story. I had a conversation with a client a couple years ago about what he did for … Continue reading

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