The Age of Acquiescence

The Age of Acquiescence

The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

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"From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year"-- Provided by publisher.
"A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
ISBN: 9780316333740
0316333743
0316185434
9780316185431
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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StarGladiator
May 28, 2015

Three books, in a compare and contrast mode, which really blow this book out of the water: The Utopia of Rules, by David Graeber //// Gangs of America, by Ted Nace //// and The New Prophets of Capital, by Nicole Aschoff.

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JackPurcell
Mar 21, 2015

I am going to have to agree within limits with the two previous commenters, though I acknowledge the author laid bare a lot of fragments of modern reality. The same fragments that are sorted and shifted around by all factions and used to draw entirely different, diametrically opposed conclusions, ironclad. I agree with the Glad poster as to the reasons a lot of things didn't happen, but we both might be mistaken and certainly the fact the author didn't arrive there can't be held against the book. All in all reading it didn't open my eyes to anything new, surprising, shocking.

blahblahblah345662 Feb 24, 2015

I agree with the starglad. Guy; everytime there has been a major economic movement, its been violently crushed. We have had few people to pass down the lessions to the next generation.

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StarGladiator
Feb 20, 2015

I found this book most unsatisfactory. The author is correct on some facts, classifies or categorizes others quite strangely, but never, ever does the obvious: connects the dots. Asks the absurd question, Why didn't socialism ever occur in America, yet the author explains some of the reasons elsewhere: because IWW organizers, such as Wesley Everest of Centralia, WA [lumberjack and WWI veteran], were cornered there by a mob of crazed businessmen with their thugs, and castrated [some take issue with the castrated assertion, but premeditated murder was a definite] and hanged! Because the leader of the American Socialist Party [Eugene V. Debs] was jailed for many years for no reason! Because the FBI made secret raids around the country, beating up, jailing and deporting those socialists and those who had been elected to office on the socialist platform! Quite disingenuous of this author, a liberal poseur if there ever was one! He does an adequate job of superficially explaining the fantasy finance extant [shadow banking] on pp. 236 -- 245, but otherwise, a U for unsatisfactory. And FYI, Mr. Fraser, police attacked and dispersed Occupy Movement people in 27 cities across the country in a coordinated sweep at the exact same time! [Soft peddles Carnegie and Frick, et cetera! Anyone who mentions Peter G. Peterson, only in regard to Lehman Brothers, is wanting! - - For a better take on Carnegie, please see Class Dismissed, by John Marsh and Prof. Parmar's outstanding book, Foundations for the New American Century.]

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