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Until the 1950s, the struggle to feed, clothe, and employ the nation drove most of American political life From slavery to the New Deal, political parties organized around economic interests and engaged in fervent debate over the best allocation of agonizingly scarce resources But with the explosion of the nation s economy in the years after World War II, a new set of neUntil the 1950s, the struggle to feed, clothe, and employ the nation drove most of American political life From slavery to the New Deal, political parties organized around economic interests and engaged in fervent debate over the best allocation of agonizingly scarce resources But with the explosion of the nation s economy in the years after World War II, a new set of needs began to emerge a search for meaning and self expression on one side, and a quest for stability and a return to traditional values on the other.In The Age of Abundance, Brink Lindsey offers a bold reinterpretation of the latter half of the twentieth century In this sweeping history of postwar America, the tumult of racial and gender politics, the rise of the counterculture, and the conservative revolution of the 1980s and 1990s are portrayed in an entirely new light Readers will learn how and why the contemporary ideologies of left and right emerged in response to the novel challenges of mass prosperity.The political ideas that created the culture wars, however, have now grown obsolete As the Washington Post aptly summarized Lindsey s take on the contradictions of American politics, Republicans want to go home to the United States of the 1950s while Democrats want to work there Struggling to replace today s stale conflicts is a new consensus that mixes the social freedom of the left with the economic freedom of the right into a potentially powerful ethos of libertarianism The Age of Abundance reveals the secret formula of this remarkable alchemy The book is a breathtaking reevaluation of our recent past and will change the way we think about the future.
  • Title: The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture
  • Author: Brink Lindsey
  • ISBN: 9780060747664
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover

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Lucian McMahon Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, I know, but I wish the editors hadn't made a serious intellectual book look like some dollar-store right-wing trash a la Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. The diamond-studded American flag really is too much.Overall, an interesting and well-written analysis. His cautiously optimistic predictions for the future now seem quaint, writing as he does seven years ago and just before the big 2008 crash. Which makes the lost seven years seem even harder to accept, gi [...]
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Brian Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Just a fabulous, fabulous book. The main thesis is that the same prosperity that freedom has brought enables both the left and the right to seek to eliminate freedom.Money quote: "As a result, Americans of predominantly liberal disposition—which, these days, means the majority who are comfortable with the prevailing libertarian synthesis—are left to choose which illiberal bedfellows they dislike least. Those who are most repelled by the left’s collectivism and antipathy to middle-class val [...]
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Mark Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
The title really says it all. Very thought-provoking argument for free markets and freedom in general. The author appears to be clearly anti-religion, however.
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Derek Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
I appreciated this more than any account I've yet read by a self-described libertarian. The overall narrative of the idea that we've lived in an unprecedented "age of abundance" since end of WWII, the foundations of which were laid by the industrial capitalist developments since the late 1800s, was well justified; and that the innate developments of that abundance very naturally lead to the countercultural left movement he describes as "Aquarian" (after the sixties leftist enthusiasm for the "Ag [...]
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Jon Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
A great narrative charting the expansion of American society from scarcity to abundance, and how that affected the culture (and in turn their politics). The Libertarian Synthesis is an interesting concept the author touches on that I find fascinating. That the actions and reactions spawned by 60's, which split the country into 2 sides (Aquarians and Evangelicals) brought about 2 arguments that just don't quite hold it all together, with conflicting half-truths. And now, after a back-and-forth an [...]
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steph Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
really interesting insights into the age of convenience, and even some about the beginnings of feminism. didn't really convince me that 'prosperity' changed our politics and culture. but did prove how abundance and convenience led to increase in the suburbanization of america. i feel that americans have always been about bigger-better-more, and the industrial age offered us opportunities to take our consumerism to new levels of irrationality. it pushed us as a society that understood the patienc [...]
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Ron Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
This is a thought-provoking re-telling of late Twentieth Century history from a libertarian perspective. So much of the modern welfare state is based on kind of mythic-history poverty-exigency that looking candidly at our current state of affairs (e.g. the biggest health problem facing the poor in America today is obesity) undercuts many left-wing political assumptions and has a liberating feel.The author sees a quiet libertarian revolution in the second half of the Twentieth Century and this is [...]
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Ian Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
For the first time in human history, the majority of people in our civilization don't have be concerned with starving to death on a regular basis. How does that affect our society? That's the basic premise here. I expected more analysis of our current day situation, but it's more of a history book. Brink takes potshots at everyone throughout the book, and it's fantastic. He decries the hippies because they only get the chance to self-actualize because someone before them did the hard work produc [...]
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Jon Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Quite a challenge to push through this one and not sure I'm going to remember much of this book as I spent most of time asking myself, "what did he just say?". Although there were many salient points offered by the author as he drew a number of interesting parallels and was rather pragmatic, I don't like it when I'm spending an inordinate amount of time having to look up never heard words in the dictionary because an author wants to show he's really researched his material and therefore show his [...]
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JP Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Brink Lindsey exposes the broad cultural impact of our world's recent shift from subsistence to abundance. Members of developed economies are now able to pursue fulfillment instead of food, and to struggle with sources of angst that would be considered ridiculous by any previous generation. The Aquarian counter-culture of the 60's and 70's was only possible in the context of the new abundance. Downstream effects persist today, some the opposite of what the reactionaries ever intended. Overall, o [...]
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Frank Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Perfect timing for this one--right before the great crash of 2008. No wonder folks like Heritage's Robert Rector are so quick to say there is no hunger crisis in the us: heritage/research/welf
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Spike Dunn Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
A libertarian reading of American economic history. Like any Insert-Descriptor-Here reading of history, it suffers from overindulging in its preconceptions, but I think it gets some things spot on. And it's fairly centrist libertarian not crazy panarchist libertarian like some myselfs I know.
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TheSaint Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Finally finished this. I guess what I was expecting was a hot-tempered jeremiad against first world greed and economic Darwinism. Lindsey, though, gave me a history of the past 100 or so years. Good, even insightful, but I guess I was in the mood for a screed.
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Michael Mills Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
reading this on my kindlery good so far (30% done)
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Heather Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
I too found this book somewhat difficult to read. I did not feel that the overall purpose of the book was made clear enough. Much of the context gets lost within the ramblings of the author.
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Emily Sep 17, 2019 - 04:45 AM
Very interesting--explains how money can shape human beings, for good and also for ill.
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The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture By Brink Lindsey Until the 1950s, the struggle to feed, clothe, and employ the nation drove most of American political life From slavery to the New Deal, political parties organized around economic interests and engaged in fervent debate over the best allocation of agonizingly scarce resources But with the explosion of the nation s economy in the years after World War II, a new set of neUntil the 1950s, the struggle to feed, clothe, and employ the nation drove most of American political life From slavery to the New Deal, political parties organized around economic interests and engaged in fervent debate over the best allocation of agonizingly scarce resources But with the explosion of the nation s economy in the years after World War II, a new set of needs began to emerge a search for meaning and self expression on one side, and a quest for stability and a return to traditional values on the other.In The Age of Abundance, Brink Lindsey offers a bold reinterpretation of the latter half of the twentieth century In this sweeping history of postwar America, the tumult of racial and gender politics, the rise of the counterculture, and the conservative revolution of the 1980s and 1990s are portrayed in an entirely new light Readers will learn how and why the contemporary ideologies of left and right emerged in response to the novel challenges of mass prosperity.The political ideas that created the culture wars, however, have now grown obsolete As the Washington Post aptly summarized Lindsey s take on the contradictions of American politics, Republicans want to go home to the United States of the 1950s while Democrats want to work there Struggling to replace today s stale conflicts is a new consensus that mixes the social freedom of the left with the economic freedom of the right into a potentially powerful ethos of libertarianism The Age of Abundance reveals the secret formula of this remarkable alchemy The book is a breathtaking reevaluation of our recent past and will change the way we think about the future.

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