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The good life and its discontents : [electronic resource] the American dream in the age of entitlement, 1945-1995 / Robert J. Samuelson.

By: Samuelson, Robert J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Times Books, c1995Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxii, 293 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0812925920 (acid-free paper); 9780812925920 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Entitlement spending -- United States | United States -- Economic conditions -- 1945- | Zelfbeeld | Leefwijze | Heilstaat | Dépenses sociales -- États-Unis | États-Unis -- Conditions économiques -- 1945-Additional physical formats: Online version:: Good life and its discontents.DDC classification: 336.3/9 Other classification: 71.11 Online resources: Publisher description | Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
I. The Entitlement society. The Postwar paradox -- History's chasm -- The Cult of affluence -- Prosperity's broken promise -- II. The New capitalism. The Apostles of control -- Cheery economics -- The Myth of management -- The Real economy -- III. The Politics of overpromise. Colliding ideals -- Borrow and spend -- Elusive equality -- Suicidal government -- Epilogue. After entitlement. History's cycles -- Responsibility, not entitlement -- Crisis or consensus?
Summary: The author portrays the postwar economic boom that "engendered a psychology of entitlement: a feeling that we had a right to uninterrupted personal and societal progress."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [242]-277) and index.

I. The Entitlement society. The Postwar paradox -- History's chasm -- The Cult of affluence -- Prosperity's broken promise -- II. The New capitalism. The Apostles of control -- Cheery economics -- The Myth of management -- The Real economy -- III. The Politics of overpromise. Colliding ideals -- Borrow and spend -- Elusive equality -- Suicidal government -- Epilogue. After entitlement. History's cycles -- Responsibility, not entitlement -- Crisis or consensus?

The author portrays the postwar economic boom that "engendered a psychology of entitlement: a feeling that we had a right to uninterrupted personal and societal progress."

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