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

By | October 25, 2017
American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper Author Jacob S. Hacker
ISBN-10 1451667833
ISBN-13 9781451667837
Year 2017-02-14
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A provocative Kirkus Reviews timely and topical work that examines whats good for American business and whats good for Americansand why those interests are misaligned In American Amnesia bestselling political scientists Jacob S Hacker and Paul Pierson 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 Americas prosperity We have largely forgotten this reliance as many political circles and corporate actors have come to mistakenly see government as a hindrance rather than the propeller it once was American Amnesia is more than a rhetorical phrase elites have literally forgotten or at least forgotten to talk about the essential role of public authority in achieving big positive sum bargains in advanced societies 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 Looking at this record of remarkable accomplishment they recoil in horror 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 the American Amnesia Hacker and Pierson explain the full story of how government helped make America great how the enthusiasm for bashing government is behind its current malaise and how a return to effective government is the answer the nation is looking for The New York Times

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