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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Reaganism: The Spirit of the Times {1986}

Reaganism: The Spirit of the Times {1986}

(p.299) Reaganism: The Spirit of the Times {1986}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1986 essay “Reaganism: The Spirit of the Times,” in which he examines how Ronald Reagan sought to undo the New Deal introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt. In particular, Howe discusses the way the Reaganites demolished the welfare state. He argues that the Reagan administration's main achievement has not been institutional or programmatic, but rather consisted of a dramatic transformation of popular attitudes, values, and styles. Howe goes on to outline the main elements of the Reaganite vision and the collapse of American liberalism. He ends his essay by emphasizing the importance of criticism in addressing the imbalances in wealth and power in America's corporate-dominated society.

Keywords:   welfare state, Irving Howe, Reaganism, Ronald Reagan, New Deal, liberalism, criticism, America

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