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Return of the "L" word [electronic resource] : a liberal vision for the new century /
Douglas S. Massey.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005.
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xiii, 218 p. ; 24 cm.
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0691123039 (alk. paper)
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Book
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005.
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0691123039 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8846096
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Douglas S. Massey is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Excerpts
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"A thoughtful and intelligent assessment of why American liberalism declined in the last third of the twentieth century, and what can be done to resurrect it in the first third of the twenty-first."--Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University "I took Douglas Massey's Return of the "L" Word along with me on a flight to the West Coast, not really thinking I'd get to reading it. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's terrific. Massey has given us a forceful, passionate reminder of what liberalism has accomplished and why it is worth rebuilding and defending with all the energy we can muster. All those who woke up distraught on November 3, 2004, should read this book, roll up their sleeves, and get to work."--Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice "One Douglas Massey is worth ten Michael Moores, if you ask me! Here is the public intellectual at his best, writing with passion and thinking in concrete, practical terms about the future of political debate in this country."--Glenn C. Loury, Boston University, author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and One by One from the Inside Out "Douglas Massey's new book is a bold attempt to demonstrate that liberalism is still viable politics. Massey argues for a liberalism based on the recognition that markets--domestic and global--are not autonomous mechanisms, but are subject to either democratic control or narrow private manipulation. If that insight can be translated into a popular politics, and a program for equitably and efficiently distributing the fruits of the new global information economy, then liberalism might indeed have something to offer."--John B. Judis, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment; Senior Editor, New Republic "In this crisp, tightly argued book, Douglas Massey forcefully reminds liberals of the principles they once stood for. He makes a persuasive case that liberalism must return to these principles to be effective in the new century and beat back the challenge of the radical right."--Ruy Teixeira, coauthor of The Emerging Democratic Majority "Douglas Massey boldly reclaims the 'L word' and returns the political conversation to the promise of progressive government. He urges liberals to own up to their failures in connecting to the aspirations of ordinary Americans and lays out a clear and compelling agenda for activist government. We have long needed a clear voice that speaks unambiguously and proudly for the liberal cause. We have found it in Massey. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American politics."--Katherine Newman, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University "A fine piece of work. I particularly welcome Massey's tracing of liberal history back to the beginnings of America and his criticism of liberals themselves for elitism, which is true and is welcome."--Jeff Madrick, author of Why Economies Grow and The End of Affluence "In this persuasive and brilliantly argued book, Douglas Massey outlines with great clarity the issues American liberalism must address in order to emerge from its current malaise with a progressive program that has broad appeal to voters."--Victor Nee, Cornell University, coauthor of Remaking the American Mainstream
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"A thoughtful and intelligent assessment of why American liberalism declined in the last third of the twentieth century, and what can be done to resurrect it in the first third of the twenty-first."-- Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University "I took Douglas Masseys Return of the "L" Word along with me on a flight to the West Coast, not really thinking Id get to reading it. Once I started, I couldnt stop. Its terrific. Massey has given us a forceful, passionate reminder of what liberalism has accomplished and why it is worth rebuilding and defending with all the energy we can muster. All those who woke up distraught on November 3, 2004, should read this book, roll up their sleeves, and get to work."-- Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice "One Douglas Massey is worth ten Michael Moores, if you ask me! Here is the public intellectual at his best, writing with passion and thinking in concrete, practical terms about the future of political debate in this country."-- Glenn C. Loury, Boston University, author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and One by One from the Inside Out "Douglas Masseys new book is a bold attempt to demonstrate that liberalism is still viable politics. Massey argues for a liberalism based on the recognition that markets--domestic and global--are not autonomous mechanisms, but are subject to either democratic control or narrow private manipulation. If that insight can be translated into a popular politics, and a program for equitably and efficiently distributing the fruits of the new global information economy, then liberalism might indeed have something to offer."-- John B. Judis, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment; Senior Editor, New Republic "In this crisp, tightly argued book, Douglas Massey forcefully reminds liberals of the principles they once stood for. He makes a persuasive case that liberalism must return to these principles to be effective in the new century and beat back the challenge of the radical right."-- Ruy Teixeira, coauthor of The Emerging Democratic Majority "Douglas Massey boldly reclaims the 'L word' and returns the political conversation to the promise of progressive government. He urges liberals to own up to their failures in connecting to the aspirations of ordinary Americans and lays out a clear and compelling agenda for activist government. We have long needed a clear voice that speaks unambiguously and proudly for the liberal cause. We have found it in Massey. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American politics."-- Katherine Newman, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University "A fine piece of work. I particularly welcome Massey's tracing of liberal history back to the beginnings of America and his criticism of liberals themselves for elitism, which is true and is welcome."-- Jeff Madrick, author of Why Economies Grow and The End of Affluence "In this persuasive and brilliantly argued book, Douglas Massey outlines with great clarity the issues American liberalism must address in order to emerge from its current malaise with a progressive program that has broad appeal to voters."-- Victor Nee, Cornell University, coauthor of Remaking the American Mainstream
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"A thoughtful and intelligent assessment of why American liberalism declined in the last third of the twentieth century, and what can be done to resurrect it in the first third of the twenty-first."--Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University "I took Douglas Massey'sReturn of the "L" Wordalong with me on a flight to the West Coast, not really thinking I'd get to reading it. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's terrific. Massey has given us a forceful, passionate reminder of what liberalism has accomplished and why it is worth rebuilding and defending with all the energy we can muster. All those who woke up distraught on November 3, 2004, should read this book, roll up their sleeves, and get to work."--Barry Schwartz, author ofThe Paradox of Choice "One Douglas Massey is worth ten Michael Moores, if you ask me! Here is the public intellectual at his best, writing with passion and thinking in concrete, practical terms about the future of political debate in this country."--Glenn C. Loury, Boston University, author ofThe Anatomy of Racial InequalityandOne by One from the Inside Out "Douglas Massey's new book is a bold attempt to demonstrate that liberalism is still viable politics. Massey argues for a liberalism based on the recognition that markets--domestic and global--are not autonomous mechanisms, but are subject to either democratic control or narrow private manipulation. If that insight can be translated into a popular politics, and a program for equitably and efficiently distributing the fruits of the new global information economy, then liberalism might indeed have something to offer."--John B. Judis, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment; Senior Editor,New Republic "In this crisp, tightly argued book, Douglas Massey forcefully reminds liberals of the principles they once stood for. He makes a persuasive case that liberalism must return to these principles to be effective in the new century and beat back the challenge of the radical right."--Ruy Teixeira, coauthor ofThe Emerging Democratic Majority "Douglas Massey boldly reclaims the 'L word' and returns the political conversation to the promise of progressive government. He urges liberals to own up to their failures in connecting to the aspirations of ordinary Americans and lays out a clear and compelling agenda for activist government. We have long needed a clear voice that speaks unambiguously and proudly for the liberal cause. We have found it in Massey. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American politics."--Katherine Newman, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University "A fine piece of work. I particularly welcome Massey's tracing of liberal history back to the beginnings of America and his criticism of liberals themselves for elitism, which is true and is welcome."--Jeff Madrick, author ofWhy Economies GrowandThe End of Affluence "In this persuasive and brilliantly argued book, Douglas Massey outlines with great clarity the issues American liberalism must address in order to emerge from its current malaise with a progressive program that has broad appeal to voters."--Victor Nee, Cornell University, coauthor ofRemaking the American Mainstream
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-04-15:
Much has already been written about the comatose state of the Democratic Party, most of it focusing on strategic political miscues. Princeton sociologist Massey, a former president of the American Sociological Association, here considers why liberalism has declined and offers a novel repackaging of its values in the hopes of rekindling a coherent liberal response to the dominant conservative ideology. Massey methodically critiques the liberal establishment of the 1960s and 1970s for failing to address the needs and concerns of those who repeatedly elected Democrats to office from 1932. Economic sociology challenges the assumption that markets are free, instead holding that they are "human-created social systems that citizens in a democratic republic have a duty to supervise and manage in the public interest." Since markets can and do fail, government has a proper role in acting on behalf of all citizens in correcting those failures. In the 21st century, human capital is the most critical element in markets, yet as Massey argues, conservative administrations have not acted to protect or nurture the American worker-a role liberals must explain to those most in need of government's assistance: the vast middle class. Conservatives will reject the arguments as reconstituted and previously repudiated liberal claptrap, but liberals should find this book stimulating. Recommended for larger public and all academic libraries.-Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
Douglas Massey's new book is a bold attempt to demonstrate that liberalism is still viable politics. Massey argues for a liberalism based on the recognition that markets--domestic and global--are not autonomous mechanisms, but are subject to either democratic control or narrow private manipulation. If that insight can be translated into a popular politics, and a program for equitably and efficiently distributing the fruits of the new global information economy, then liberalism might indeed have something to offer.
In this crisp, tightly argued book, Douglas Massey forcefully reminds liberals of the principles they once stood for. He makes a persuasive case that liberalism must return to these principles to be effective in the new century and beat back the challenge of the radical right.
In this persuasive and brilliantly argued book, Douglas Massey outlines with great clarity the issues American liberalism must address in order to emerge from its current malaise with a progressive program that has broad appeal to voters.
I took Douglas Massey'sReturn of the "L" Wordalong with me on a flight to the West Coast, not really thinking I'd get to reading it. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's terrific. Massey has given us a forceful, passionate reminder of what liberalism has accomplished and why it is worth rebuilding and defending with all the energy we can muster. All those who woke up distraught on November 3, 2004, should read this book, roll up their sleeves, and get to work.
One Douglas Massey is worth ten Michael Moores, if you ask me! Here is the public intellectual at his best, writing with passion and thinking in concrete, practical terms about the future of political debate in this country.
A fine piece of work. I particularly welcome Massey's tracing of liberal history back to the beginnings of America and his criticism of liberals themselves for elitism, which is true and is welcome.
A thoughtful and intelligent assessment of why American liberalism declined in the last third of the twentieth century, and what can be done to resurrect it in the first third of the twenty-first.
Douglas Massey boldly reclaims the 'L word' and returns the political conversation to the promise of progressive government. He urges liberals to own up to their failures in connecting to the aspirations of ordinary Americans and lays out a clear and compelling agenda for activist government. We have long needed a clear voice that speaks unambiguously and proudly for the liberal cause. We have found it in Massey. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of American politics.
[Massey] considers why liberalism has declined and offers a novel repackaging of its values in the hopes of rekindling a coherent liberal response to the dominant conservative ideology. -- Library Journal
[Massey] considers why liberalism has declined and offers a novel repackaging of its values in the hopes of rekindling a coherent liberal response to the dominant conservative ideology.
"[Massey] considers why liberalism has declined and offers a novel repackaging of its values in the hopes of rekindling a coherent liberal response to the dominant conservative ideology."-- Library Journal
A brisk and crisply written manifesto, this book is a liberal call to arms--or at least to arguments.
"A brisk and crisply written manifesto, this book is a liberal call to arms--or at least to arguments."-- Michael P. Lynch, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A brisk and crisply written manifesto, this book is a liberal call to arms--or at least to arguments. -- Michael P. Lynch, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Somewhere in the 1970s liberals in the United States lost their way. After successes like the New Deal, they became arrogant. So argues Douglas Massey in Return of the "L" Word . Faced with the difficult politics of race and class, liberals used the heavy hand of government to impose policies on a resentful public. Conservatives capitalized on this with a staunch ideology of free markets, limited government, and conservative social values. The time is ripe for a liberal realignment, declares Massey, but what has been lacking is a consistent liberal ideology that explains to voters, in simple terms, government's vital role in producing a healthier, more financially equitable, less divided society. This book supplies that ideology. Massey begins his powerful manifesto by laying out the liberals' mistakes over the past twenty years. Drawing on insights from the expanding field of economic sociology, he then sets forth a clear set of liberal principles to explain how markets work in society, principles he applies to articulate salable liberal policies. After outlining a new liberal political philosophy, Massey traces liberalism's opposition and says plainly: liberals should have no illusions about the competition's resolve and skill. He closes with a practical approach to liberal coalition-building in America. The political economy conservatives have constructed in recent decades has benefited 20 percent of the people. Liberal success requires a return to material rather than symbolic politics, showing most Americans why it is in their economic as well as moral interest to support the liberal cause.
Main Description
Somewhere in the 1970s liberals in the United States lost their way. After successes like the New Deal, they became arrogant. So argues Douglas Massey inReturn of the "L" Word. Faced with the difficult politics of race and class, liberals used the heavy hand of government to impose policies on a resentful public. Conservatives capitalized on this with a staunch ideology of free markets, limited government, and conservative social values. The time is ripe for a liberal realignment, declares Massey, but what has been lacking is a consistent liberal ideology that explains to voters, in simple terms, government's vital role in producing a healthier, more financially equitable, less divided society. This book supplies that ideology. Massey begins his powerful manifesto by laying out the liberals' mistakes over the past twenty years. Drawing on insights from the expanding field of economic sociology, he then sets forth a clear set of liberal principles to explain how markets work in society, principles he applies to articulate salable liberal policies. After outlining a new liberal political philosophy, Massey traces liberalism's opposition and says plainly: liberals should have no illusions about the competition's resolve and skill. He closes with a practical approach to liberal coalition-building in America. The political economy conservatives have constructed in recent decades has benefited 20 percent of the people. Liberal success requires a return to material rather than symbolic politics, showingmostAmericans why it is in their economic as well as moral interest to support the liberal cause.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Douglas Massey examines the reasons for the decline of American liberalism in the last quarter of the 20th century & considers the prospects for a liberal resurgence in the 21st century.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Return of the "L" Wordp. 1
Where Liberalism Went Wrongp. 11
Liberalism and the Marketp. 37
Domestic Policiesp. 64
Global Policiesp. 89
Liberalism and Its Discontentsp. 117
Liberalism Unboundp. 154
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 205
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