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Jakob Norberg

Hannah Arendt and Alexander and Margarete Mitscherlich produced influential accounts of the postwar West-German population's silence or inarticuleteness. The Mitscherlichs claimed that this silence was symptomatic of a blocked process of mourning; Arendt saw it as a legacy of brutal totalitarian rule. However, both viewed the rapid economic recovery as evidence of the German inability to engage in discursively mediated therapeutic and political processes. Frantic busyness was a form of silence. This paper presents a critical reassessment of these approaches. By drawing on Albert Hirschman's theory of exit and voice, it argues that economic activity possesses a communicative dimension. The alleged retreat from politics is not a symptom of muteness but rather indicates people's preference for an alternative mode of communication. Arendt and the Mitscherlich may be right in assuming a correlation between the postwar economic recovery and ostensible political apathy, but lack the conceptual means to clarify the relationship.

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Myra Marx Ferree, Hanno Balz, John Bendix, Meredith Heiser-Duron, Jeffrey Luppes, Stephen Milder, and Randall Newnham

he should include Fukuyama’s reactions over the last two decades to attacks on his thesis. Fukuyama simply serves as a foil for an attack on capitalism. Bednarz’s next theoretical analysis is more accurate. After discussing Albert O. Hirschman’s

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“Amazing Rapidity”

Time, Public Credit, and David Hume's Political Discourses

Edward Jones Corredera

–44; Christopher Berry, David Hume (London: Continuum, 2009), 66–91. 15 Pocock, Machiavellian Moment , xxiv. 16 Ibid., 496, 497. 17 Hont, Jealousy of Trade , 344. 18 Albert O. Hirschman, “Rival Interpretations of Market Society: Civilizing, Destructive

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Spatial Patterns of Thermidor

Protest and Voting in East Germany’s Revolution, 1989-1990

Marko Grdešić

neighbor. The radical impulse of the revolution’s early days was irretrievably lost. Notes 1 For some of the best known contributions see Albert O. Hirschman, “Exit, Voice, and the Fate of the German Democratic Republic: An Essay in Conceptual

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The Origins of the Stanley Hoffmann We Knew

Some Comparisons on his Vichy Years with My Family Story

Peter Gourevitch

Jeremy Adelman, Wordly Philospher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015); Varian Fry, Surrender on Demand (Boulder: Johnson Books, 1997, 1945). 31 Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of

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Beyond Metaphor

Corporeal Sociability and the Language of Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France

Joseph D. Bryan

in Eighteenth-Century Paris,” in Consumption and the World of Goods , ed. John Brewer and Roy Porter (London: Routledge, 1993), 228–248, here 228. 27 For le doux commerce , see Albert O. Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests: Political

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Science, Customs, and the Modern Subject

From Emulation to Education in the Semantics of Spanish Enlightenment

Pablo Sánchez León

University Press, 2005). Alternative inspiration is found in Albert O. Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph (1975; repr., Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013). 10 See José Antonio

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The Making of Global Inequality

A Conceptual History, 1945–1980

Christian Olaf Christiansen

Press, 1973). Also see Albert O. Hirschman, “The Changing Tolerance for Income Inequality in the Course of Economic Development,” World Development 1, no. 12 (1973): 29–36; Mahbub Ul Haq, “Employment and Income Distribution in the 1970s: A New

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Between Tyranny and Self-Interest

Why Neo-republicanism Disregards Natural Rights

David Guerrero and Julio Martínez-Cava Aguilar

Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke incarnated what Albert O. Hirschman called ‘the argument from perversity’ as applied to the principle of political equality ( Hirschman 1991: 7–9 ). By trying to renew the entire social order with good intentions