Invisible Hands

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The American conservative movement might be in tatters today, but historian Kim Phillips-Fein argues that the Reagan Revolution owes much of its credit to a coterie of business executives who provided financing, organization and fervor the movement from the 1960's on. Her book is called Invisible Hands.


Kim Phillips-Fein

Comments [15]

Amy from Manhattan

So no one pointed out at the time that "top-down populist movement" is an oxymoron?

Feb. 18 2009 12:03 AM
David from Boston

Marian from Manhattan:

You can always listen on-line, yes? That's what I do. Anytime of day or night, and don't forget, years of Lenny's work is archived on-line, all for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Feb. 17 2009 03:18 PM
Marian from Manhattan

what is one of the top five things about being off from work during the week? Answer: Listening to Leonard Lopate and fascinating interviews like this. Asking myself, what if I hadn't heard this? What do I miss when I'm working?

Feb. 17 2009 01:42 PM
Karen from Westchester

Please listen and respond to former head of IMF, Simon Johnson's commentary on Bill Moyer's Feb. 13th Journal. Bailing out the banks needs to be looked at separately from the current stimulus package. We need to be outraged. Geitner needs to answer. Please correct the prism of references to a repeat of ultra conservate reaction against FDR's New Deal. Let's not get lost in the soup of history in the making, that is being made without representation. Be represented, but understand the details first, where the devil resides. It is unacceptable for our children's children to be paying for the bonuses of the great bankers. maybe that's largely off topic of most recent guest, but not entirely off topic.

Feb. 17 2009 12:38 PM
Rick from Connecticut

The conservative revolution against the size of government never happened. Reagan increased Federal spending faster than Jimmy Carter and and G.W Bush increased spending faster than Bill Clinton. The only revolution was they decided not to pay for it and borrow instead.

Feb. 17 2009 12:36 PM
JEFFREY from Manhattan

Don't forget that the 60s set up the "culture wars" that Republicans exploited in their "Moral Majority" coalition in the 70s.

I remember well the split between long-haired hippy youth and more conservative blue collar types. Remember the importance of "law and order" as a political issue?

The conservative majority was much more than an economic movement.

Feb. 17 2009 12:32 PM
hjs from 11211

I'm just shocked, shocked that big business was behind the Reagan revolution and the lack of domestic infrastructure investment of the last 30 years. is the guest saying the power brokers didn't really care about abortion or gay rights. it's just unbelievable. guess that why we can still get an abortion in all 50 states at the same time our children's test scores are lower that other the G7 nations'

Feb. 17 2009 12:31 PM
Richard Johnston from Upper West Side

Using the historical present tense is distracting and pretentious. Why do competent journalists insist on doing this?

Feb. 17 2009 12:29 PM

When did the Libertarian Party adopt a Pro-Life position?

Feb. 17 2009 12:29 PM
Adam from NYC

Professor, Why do you call Keynsianism 'Liberal' when Keynes was against Free Trade?

Feb. 17 2009 12:24 PM
Morgan from Ditmars, Queens, NYC

Would the author care to address the Business Plot, a conspiracy alleged by Marine General Smedley Butler and corroborated by a congressional investigative committee, to overthrow the government of FDR by military

Feb. 17 2009 12:24 PM

So many people watch Fox News, and their idea of "facts" and what is happening today is so skewed.

They're deeply "concerned" about matters the rest of us have never heard of, yet are pounded into their heads as repetitive talking points succinctly expressed and easily memorized.

How do we address an entire news network that functions as a PR machine?

Feb. 17 2009 12:21 PM
Paulo from Paterson, NJ

The American Liberty League also had connections with the alleged coup attempt against Roosevelt that Marine Corps General Smedley Butler testified to Congress about.

Feb. 17 2009 12:16 PM
John Weber from Bradley Beach, NJ

I was told that Richard Viggari (?sp) copied by hand all of the donors to Barry Goldwater's 1964 Presidential campaign. He went on to contact them and build on this lst everytime a conservative candidate like Regan ran. Thus, he built the Conservative/Christian movement. Is this true?

Feb. 17 2009 12:12 PM
Asterio from Long Island City

Big business and corporate media had been behind the Bush's years but we never called it Bush revolution or was there a "Clinton revolution". Why is there so much jargon when "invisible hands" have always been and will always be the manipulative hand in Congress and White House? Obama's election was largely a business sectors's ballgame. Economic vested interest define the course of each presidential ternure.

Feb. 17 2009 12:09 PM

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