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The Return of the "L" Word
Author: Douglas S. Massey

ISBN: 9780691123035
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16 April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
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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 t...

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