By Nelson Lichtenstein
For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship—on hard work, politics, and social thought—to chart the background and clients of a revolutionary the US. a competition of principles collects and updates a lot of Lichtenstein's so much provocative and debatable essays and reports. those incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the hard work stream to the modifications within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights stream, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such vital roles. Tracing extensive styles of political proposal, Lichtenstein bargains vital views at the dating of work and the nation, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the belief of team spirit, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislation, and highbrow existence. the amount closes with snap shots of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been very important to the conflicts that interact the exertions flow, public coverage, and political tradition.
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The course of events has made Lindsey’s estimate into the epitome of optimism. In early 2006, Harvard’s Linda Bilmes and Columbia’s Joseph Stiglitz estimated the long-term costs of the war, including care for our maimed soldiers, at $2 trillion. By the end of the year they were saying that the $2 trillion figure was too low. It isn’t just the Iraq war that busts the budget—it’s our overseas military presence as a whole. We have reached a point at which it now costs $1 trillion per year to maintain.
Taft, which he wrote with James McClellan, Kirk noted his subject’s aversion to war. ) “War, Taft perceived, was the enemy of constitution, liberty, economic security, and the cake of custom. . Though he was no theoretical pacifist, he insisted that every other possibility must be exhausted before resort to military action. ” He went on: Taft’s prejudice in favor of peace was equaled in strength by his prejudice against empire. Quite as the Romans had acquired an empire in a fit of absence of mind, he feared that America might make herself an imperial power with the best of intentions—and the worst of results.
A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein