The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

Language: English

Pages: 488

ISBN: 0465097790

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

Language: English

Pages: 488

ISBN: 0465097790

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the Revolution through the Civil Rights Movement, Americans mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. But over the last half-century that political will has vanished. In The Age of Acquiescence, Steve Fraser explains why. His 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 is indispensable for understanding why we no longer fight for a more just society, and how we can revive the great American tradition of resistance in our own time.

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working class enmeshed in the prevailing capitalist order. Marcuse—for all that he was championed by a young generation of spirited “new leftists”—sounded a deep pessimism, closing his remarkably successful book with these drear words from the Marxist social critic Walter Benjamin: “It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.” Here then was a culture of opposition, or so it seemed. It hardly was compelled to live underground. Magazines, books, even movies probing this

raise seed capital by mortgaging the family house. When house and home were then vaporized by the big banks during the recent financial firestorm, fury over the bailout of Wall Street helped ignite the Tea Party everywhere.25 Dreams of great undertakings, however unlikely, flourish in all the locales of the “little man.” And new entrepreneurial fortunes piled up beginning in the postwar years. But they did not necessarily carry with them political access or social prestige. This stoked

capital, which appears today in the U.S. without any birth certificate, was yesterday in England, the capitalized blood of children.”6 Although he didn’t call it primitive accumulation, that specter haunted Jefferson’s mind (an irony to be sure for someone whose on-again, off-again fortunes rested on slavery) when offering up what he saw as the best available alternative: “… A manufacturer [by which Jefferson meant an industrial worker] from Europe will turn to labour of other kinds if he finds

Unionize! A Case Study for WashTech’s ‘New Model of Unionism,’ ” in Knowledge Workers in the Information Society, eds. Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2007), 209–28. 55.  Greenhouse, Big Squeeze, 129–30; Vanessa Williamson, Theda Skocpol, and John Coggin, “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” Perspectives on Politics 9, no. 1 (March 2011): 25–43. 56.  Ibid. 57.  David Shipler, The Working Poor: The Invisible in America (New York: Knopf,

communities, oriented to and invested in mass consumption industries, not to mention the inner councils of the Roosevelt regime in and out of Congress, knew that as well as the labor movement. But it was the organized labor movement that compelled broad sectors of American industry still unwilling to engage in the new mechanisms of collective bargaining to nonetheless match the standards of living (wages, hours, vacations, holidays, pensions, health care, and more) that unions were winning for

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