The Future of American Progressivism: An Initiative for Political and Economic Reform

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Beacon Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 104 pages
Unless Americans prove themselves willing to be as open-minded about the institutional arrangements of the country as they have been about almost everything else, they will continue to find their hopes frustrated. It is not enough to rebel against the lack of justice unless we also rebel against the lack of imagination. Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Cornel West argue that the path to progressive reform goes through reorganization of our economic and political instutitions; tax and spending are not enough. Breaking with the conventional ideas of American progressive politics, they show how we can stimulate economic growth and guarantee a minimum of resources for all citizens.
 

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THE HUMANIZATION OF THE INEVITABLE
1
THE BURDEN OF AMERICAN HISTORY ON AMERICAN HOPES
14
THE FRUSTRATION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
33
THE RECENT PAST OF AMERICAN PROGRESSIVISM
47
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Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

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