- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton; Revised ed. edition (Feb. 1 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393313719
- ISBN-13: 978-0393313710
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Revolt Of The Elites Paperback – Feb 1 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Cultural critic Lasch, who passed away before this book was published, argues that American democracy is withering in the hands of professional and managerial elites who lack a sense of social and civic values.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Christopher Lasch (1932-1994), professor of history at the University of Rochester, wrote, among many other works, The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics and the best-selling Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy.
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This reframing of America's social decline is consistant with the views of many prominant social conservatives and anti-globalists. As such, it draws much criticism from groups who have a stake in the economic changes that have taken root over the past thirty-years.
Despite the average rating of this book, open-minded readers will find Lasch's work to be well thought-out, convincing, and a pleasure to read.
The majority of society, the service and production workers, the unemployed and the underclass, are a drain on a region's economic potential. In the Information Age, governments based on a universal franchise and chosen by this majority are governments elected by losers. The 'politics of envy' is suicide and the 'will of the people', voting for full employment, a minimum wage, and fair (?) taxation is merely the turkeys voting for Christmas. The big political question of the coming decades is how to find a socially acceptable means of dismantling democracy.
If you really want to see the future, and more importantly, prepare for it, read "The New Barbarian Manifesto" by Ian Angell.
Democracy is dying. Long live freedom and personal volition.
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