Selling the Free Market: The Rhetoric of Economic Correctness

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Guilford Press, Feb 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 217 pages
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While accusations of "political correctness" are frequently raised against liberals, there has been surprisingly little discussion of how conservatives foment the use of their own "economically correct" language. In this engaging book, James Arnt Aune examines how the rhetoric of the free market has become the everyday language of American political debate. Outlining the key ideas of free-market economics, Aune shows how they have permeated political decisions around such issues as labor unions, farm subsidies, and the minimum wage. He also illuminates the paradoxes and irrationalities of these ideas, using rhetorical theory as an analytical tool. The book reveals the inherent contradictions between economic libertarianism, nationalist principles, and social conservatism in the positions of such influential right-wing politicians as Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, and Patrick Buchanan. It also provides lively and critical readings of important free-market and libertarian writings by Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, Murray Rothbard, and Charles Murray.
  

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Apparently you're not supposed to look too hard at how people say things, for some reason, or at their underlying assumptions. I don't listen to that piece of advice and neither does Aune, a rhetoritician who breaks it all down like a fraction. Read full review

Contents

The Principles of Rational Choice
15
III
20
IV
22
V
24
VI
28
VII
34
The NoNonsense Nature of the Realist Style
36
Public Choice Theory versus Democracy
38
XXIV
109
XXV
111
XXVI
115
The View from Public Address Studies
117
XXVII
119
XXVIII
121
XXIX
122
XXX
128

VIII
41
IX
43
Information Costs versus Social and Political Norms
47
What Libertarians Want
52
X
55
XI
57
XII
59
XIII
61
XIV
67
XV
69
XVI
75
XVII
77
XVIII
79
Nozick on Rights
81
XIX
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XX
88
What Libertarians Want According to Murray Rothbard and Charles Murray
94
Rothbard on the Nature of Individual Liberty
96
XXI
99
XXII
101
XXIII
107
XXXI
131
XXXII
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XXXIII
133
XXXIV
135
XXXV
140
Newt Gingrich Cyberpunk and Globalization
141
The Strategies of CyberRepublicans
143
XXXVI
146
Aristocrats Slumming in the cyberculture
148
XXXVII
153
The Market and Human Happiness
160
XXXVIII
161
XXXIX
165
Deirdre McCloskeys Rhetoric of Economics
168
XL
173
XLI
183
XLII
193
XLIII
209
XLIV
217
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James Arnt Aune, formerly on the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University, is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Texas A&M University.

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