Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal

Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal

Invisible Hands The Businessmen s Crusade Against the New Deal A compelling and readable story of resistance to the new economic order Boston GlobeInvisible Hands tells the story of how a small group of American businessmen succeeded in building a political movem

  • Title: Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal
  • Author: Kim Phillips-Fein
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  • A compelling and readable story of resistance to the new economic order Boston GlobeInvisible Hands tells the story of how a small group of American businessmen succeeded in building a political movement Long before the culture wars of the 1960s sparked the Republican backlash against cultural liberalism, these high powered individuals actively resisted New Deal econ A compelling and readable story of resistance to the new economic order Boston GlobeInvisible Hands tells the story of how a small group of American businessmen succeeded in building a political movement Long before the culture wars of the 1960s sparked the Republican backlash against cultural liberalism, these high powered individuals actively resisted New Deal economics and sought to educate and organize their peers Kim Phillips Fein recounts the little known efforts of men such as W C Mullendore, Leonard Read, and Jasper Crane, drawing on meticulous research and narrative gifts to craft a compelling history of the role of big and small business in American politics and a blueprint for anyone who wants insight into the way that money has been used to create political change Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.

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    FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN "CONSERVATISM" New York University professor, occasional contributor to the Baffler and The Nation, Kim Phillips-Fein takes as her subject in "Invisible Hands" the history of the modern Conservative movement in the United States from its origins in opposition to the New Deal to the inauguration of the Reagan administration.While I'm pretty sure Phillips-Feins sympathies are to the left, she manages to deal with the motley crew of Conservative activists, politicians and bu [...]

    There's been a lot of historical scholarship recently (Kruse, Lassiter, Crespino, etc) on the mass grassroots movements on the Right in 20th century America. Philips-Fein instead offers an examination of the behind-the-scenes backers who provided financial support and intellectual legitimacy to these movements. To that end she guides readers through the development of far right fiscal conservatism from the reaction against the New Deal through Reagan's first presidential election. This covers an [...]

    A very even-handed and fascinating account of the making of modern, free-market conservatism.Philips-Fein highlights a host of little known individuals who had a powerful impact on the growth of conservative thought and political power over the last seventy years. One example would be William Baroody, the son of a Lebanese stonecutter who successfully restructured the American Enterprise Association (later an "Institute"), after a brutal investigation by Congress in the early 1950s exposed its t [...]

    I loved this book. Phillips-Fein makes a compelling argument about a sort of shadow conspiracy that has always existed. Ever since its inception, the New Deal has been loathed by those at the top of the corporate ladder. Naturally, those same people want it done away with. Libertarians hate it especially, so they become the focus of the book. Phillips-Fein does not allow herself to be steeped in simply labeling the figures in her book. Her account of Barry Goldwater, for example, shows that peop [...]

    In 1978, former United Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser got to the heart of the matter. In a well-known letter of resignation from the pseudo-corporatist Labor-Management Group, Fraser thundered against the passing of the New Deal order and the ascendancy of corporate power and free-market ideology: “I believe leaders of the business community, with few exceptions, have chosen to wage a one-sided class war today in our country – a war against working people, the unemployed, the poor, th [...]

    Historians have argued that the New Deal, while it may have helped its citizens in the short term, was a reactionary measure. As a reactionary measure, the programs that it implemented should have been (and should be in the present) dismantled after the threat of economic collapse was over. While I'm not going to argue for or against this line of reasoning here, I believe that the larger point that Kim Phillips-Fein demonstrates in this book that the conservative movement is equally as reactiona [...]

    Times were rough during the Great Depression. A DuPont company executivecomplained that he couldn't retain his servants. They were leaving forjobs on FDR's public works projects. "Five Negroes on my place in SouthCarolina refused work this springying they had easy jobs with thegovernment. A cook on my houseboat at Fort Myers quit because the government was paying him a dollar an hour as a painter."Welcome to the world of the rich who hated Franklin Roosevelt and theNew Deal.Kim Phillips-Fein sho [...]

    An utterly fascinating books about the corporate leaders who founded and funded the intellectual movement behind modern-day conservatism (I'll leave the jokes about oxymorons up to you). It is well-researched and answers a lot of questions--though I am still curious as to how "free market" capitalism became a Christian stance for the Religious Right.

    Great research that explains how the current batch of Conservatives map out their agendas. By tracing the history of corporate opposition to the Labor movement (strikes, unionization, and collective bargaining) which funded Chamber of Commerce, academic positions, and the budding right leaning think tanks - all of which sung the gospel of free market capitalism while exposing the socialism and communist influence of the left. This corporate response began with the New Deal. Its expressed goal is [...]

    A marked improvement over the other "making of the conservative movement" books I've read. Does much to flesh out the imaginative exercise with which Rick Perlstein led off Before the Storm (2001): the small mid-western industrialist, the business conservatives from the 1930s through the 1960s, the nadir of market liberalism in America.Phillips-Fein traces the organization and mobilization of business conservatives during these dark years, highlighting the vitality and coherence of movement cons [...]

    This was a quick and accessible overview of a variety of conservative political movements and organizations sponsored by members of the business elite or corporations. It does not go into great depth on any of them, and spans a considerable time period, so it's more of a general history than a detailed case study like Jane Mayer's investigation into the Koch brothers, whose references led me to this book. It pairs well with other histories I've been reading to flesh out the growth and financing [...]

    This is not a perfect book--the analysis of conservative ideas is reductive at best, Fein's grasp on the the archival material is clearly weaker after FDR, and I think the contention that the entire conservative movement was dedicated to repealing the New Deal is basically wrong. BUT, there is more good sense on the rise of the right in ten pages of this book than in the entirety of the gas-bagging that constitutes analysis in popular discourse (I'm looking at you, Tanenhaus). And the emphasis o [...]

    The victories against the New Deal are not cultural but largely economic. “The Keynesian belief that consumption is the key determinant of economic growth”, had been coupled with Edward Bernay’s development of PR/Propaganda, in order to make us think that buying even an electric carving knife is more important than having an empathetic community or a living planet. Since America got out of the depression by creating a temporary war state, all non-violent based alternatives to keeping the e [...]

    I always want to know about the "road not taken," so I found I had much to learn about the beginning of the modern Conservative Movement. Apparently, the election of Roosevelt and the programs he instituted set those who felt the country was lurching out of control gave birth to Conservatism.The author moves through each President's administration pointing out how the Conservatives were in power and how they reacted when they were not. I like American history so I found this interesting.If you w [...]

    Very well written and researched. Fascinating topic. The kind of book that makes you view the 1940-80s history through a new lens. The one weak point I think is the fact that the explicit policies of the New Deal do not really play a role. It's more an analysis of the political birth of a movement. Reminded me of Rick Perlstein's books.

    The historian Michael Kazin in his 1995 book "The Populist Persuasion," made the convincing argument that one of the keys to the success of the ascendent conservative movement of the 1970s, was the ability of its leaders to recast populism from an anti-business to an anti-government political philosophy. His book didn't fully explain the origins of this movement or the nitty gritty of how that worked. Kim Phillips-Fein's "Invisible Hands," provides those details and the necessary explanation of [...]

    I initially feared that this would be a polemic, a rant on conservative ideology. But I detected no cynicism and instead it turned out to be an academic historical documentation of the conservative movement. That’s not to say that it didn’t bring forth information of an uncomplimentary nature. But the book offered little in the way of adjectives and instead focused on nouns and verbs, i.e it was not overtly judgmental. In fact, the author concluded that the movement was largely successful— [...]

    Meh. This one starts out great, then doesn't develop for a while, then keeps on not developing and then ends. This is probably my fault. I was *so* happy to read a balanced account of how the institutes and think tanks and so on that fund American Conservatism (economically and intellectually) were formed. And I knew the book ended with Reagan. So I assumed that Ms Phillips-Fein would explain how the conservative movement went from a handful of small organizations with virtually no important pul [...]

    Ideas may at times be enough to change the world, but first, people need to hear them. For the intellectuals of the MPS, having their ideas heard required institutional support, and that required corporate funding. In Invisible Hands, Kim Phillips-Fein illustrates the connections forged between MPS intellectuals and corporate interests opposed to the New Deal. In the 1930s, an anti-Roosevelt collation coalesced around a negative critique of expanding government, without developing a coherent set [...]

    Dr Phillips-Fein recounts the history of the Business Anti-New Deal movement from it's founding through teh election of Ronald Reagan. She shows how the opposition remained constant while the sectors objecting and their objections often morphed and changed. She does seem to have concluded that the opposition to the New Deal basically won the debate with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. What a long strange journey.As a member of the public rather than an academic, I found the writing eminen [...]

    Great book, but I wouldn't mis-characterize it by saying Phillips-Fein is uncovering a conspiracy [which I've heard/read multiple times with regard to this book], so much as exploring the foundation of current conservative thinking, how these authors of what conservatives consider to be the intellectual founders of their ideals came to prominence by whose example did the modern movement become a potent political entity with its own basic principles that its adherents are easily able to recall.Is [...]

    A good book outlining the decades long reaction by various businessmen and their organizations to the New Deal and the labor-friendly government of the mid-20th Century. The subtitle is a bit misleading, the period after the 1980 election is only covered in a detailed but succinct epilogue. Nevertheless, this is a good overview of the roots of the capitalist side of the conservative movement. It details both the philosophical underpinnings (look no farther than the title) and the consistent orga [...]

    Fascinating history of the conservative in America. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know how we have gotten to where we are today and what the future might hold. I read 3 full chapters in the store before ordering online. enthralling narrative even if some minor facts are incorrect. for more on those inaccuracies I refer you to amazon where you can read the critical reviews to find out more.I finished the book at the end of March and found it to be a great read giving me many insights in [...]

    Even though I would have loved to give it a lower rating I just can't. The book was well written and researched and deserved at least four stars for that. I might not like the neoconservative subject matter (being a leftest) the book did provide great insight into the development of the new right. In her intro, she states that the focus of the book is on the business leaders that drove the development and rise of the new right, but she devotes a significant portion of the book to Goldwater and R [...]

    This is a top flight history book of how big money sought to fight the New Deal. It took them forty years, and they won when Ronald Reagan became president. The author weaves a wonderfully researched tale of the backroom deals, the big money that created the right-wing grass roots background, and the propaganda used to wage war against labor unions and the 1960s counterrevolution. The author makes one serious mistake.She assumes the corporate elite (perhaps parasites is a better term) won and ro [...]

    “New Deal Socialism”—so this is where the Tea Party’s rhetoric is coming from! Today, free-market ideology is taken as conventional wisdom, so it’s fascinating to review the invention of these ideas, the businessmen that promoted them and the institutions that amplified their “voodoo economics” ideas. Many historians of the American Right begin with the Goldwater Campaign and chart the conservative movement from the books and articles that were published. Here Phillips-Fein begins [...]

    A detailed and sobering account of how nutty business conservatism went from a pet project of zealous business executives to the dominant force in politics today.It's almost inspiring to see how persistence and strategy can achieve so much well, when it's combined with a lunatic zeal, the connected interests of many elites, an extraordinary capacity for manipulation and deception, and tons and tons of money.Pretty eye-opening.The usual account is that the reactionaries won in the '80s, continuin [...]

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