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Alan Wolfe Reviews Daniel T. Rodgers’s “The Age Of Fracture” | The New Republic

I LIVE IN A DIFFERENT country than the one into which I was born in 1942. I have never been quite able to pinpoint exactly what makes it so different. More than any other book I’ve read in recent years, Age of Fracture, by the Princeton historian Daniel T. Rodgers, has helped me to discover and to understand that difference.

One explanation for what happened holds that in the intervening years—the second half of the twentieth century—the United States shifted from the big government liberalism of the Democrats to the laissez-faire nostrums of the Republicans. There is an obvious truth to such a view, but the problem with this account, which fits so nicely into Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s cyclical interpretation of American experience, is that it views the changes of the past half-century as the latest replay of long-established patterns, and therefore fails to grasp just how radical some of those changes have been.

putemAlan Wolfe Reviews Daniel T. Rodgers’s “The Age Of Fracture” | The New Republic.

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Why Americans Should Fear the Middle East and North Africa Revolutions – The Daily Beast

Niall Ferguson u novoj velikoj polemici – oko uloge revolucija u povijesti. Reakciju na članak čitaj ovdje.

Most rebellions end in carnage and tyranny. So why, Niall Ferguson asks in this week’s Newsweek, are Americans cheering on the Arab revolutionary wave?

Americans love a revolution. Their own great nation having been founded by a revolutionary declaration and forged by a revolutionary war, they instinctively side with revolutionaries in other lands, no matter how different their circumstances, no matter how disastrous the outcomes. This chronic reluctance to learn from history could carry a very heavy price tag if the revolutionary wave sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East breaks with the same shattering impact as most revolutionary waves.

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson hailed the French Revolution. “The French have served an apprenticeship to Liberty in this country,” wrote the former, “and now… they have set up for themselves.” Jefferson even defended the Jacobins, architects of the bloody Reign of Terror. “The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of the contest,” he wrote in 1793, “and was ever such a prize won with so little innocent blood?… Rather than [the revolution] should have failed, I would have seen half the earth desolated.”

In Ten Days That Shook the World, the journalist John Reed was equally enthusiastic about the Russian Revolution of 1917, a book for which Lenin himself (“great Lenin” to Reed) wrote an enthusiastic preface. Reed’s counterpart in China’s communist revolution was Edgar Snow, whose characterization of Mao—“He had the simplicity and naturalness of the Chinese peasant, with a lively sense of humor and a love of rustic laughter”—today freezes the blood.

Time and again, Americans have hailed revolutions, only to fall strangely silent as those same revolutions proceeded to devour not only their own children but many other people’s, too. In each case the body count was in the millions.

So as you watch revolution sweeping through the Arab world (and potentially beyond), remember these three things about non-American revolutions:

Only the hopelessly naive imagine that thirtysomething Google executives will emerge as the new leaders of the Arab world, aided by their social network of Facebook friends.

čitaj dalje: Why Americans Should Fear the Middle East and North Africa Revolutions – The Daily Beast.

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Pravo na sindikalno udruživanje na američkom srednjem zapadu | The Economist

IT IS hard to get away from the subject of union rights in the Midwest these days. Protesters agitating against moves to curb them could be heard booing and chanting throughout the “state-of-the-state” speech delivered this week by John Kasich, the new Republican governor of Ohio. In nearby Wisconsin, the also-new Republican governor is under heavy fire for having, on March 9th, used a procedural dodge to force through a bill that will strip public-sector unions of their right to collective bargaining:

Unions argue that the hullabaloo has done wonders for their cause. “We’ve never seen the incredible solidarity that we’re seeing right now,” said Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO

putemPublic-sector unions: Time for second thoughts? | The Economist.

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