- Paperback: 433 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553067672
- ISBN-13: 978-0553067675
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greening of America Paperback – 1971
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Reich conceptualises the mindset of the two poles still prevalent in the US -- Consciousness I - yearning for simplicy and a return to basics .."Most characteristic of all, Consciousness I insisted on seeing the ills of industrialism not for what they were, but as moral problems." p. 39
and Consciousness II, believing primarily in domination and the necessity for living under domination.
"Consciousness II was often associated with 'liberalism', but that usage merely altered the meaning of the latter term. For the new consciousness 'liberals' cared more about order than they did about liberty. ..... The New Deal also produced a lasting institutional product to go with Consciousness II - the public state. The hope behind this creation was that now public and private power ... would balance each other, and the result would be containment of both ... What the theory neglected was the possibility that the two kinds of power might join... to form the inhuman structure in which we now live -- the American Corporate State." pp 60-61.
These words might have been written as a prologue to the 2008 collapse of the economic system across the globe: instead it was written between 1960 and 1970.
Well worth re-reading.
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Can I rate it later? I'm halfway through and I want to see the rest before I give it a 5Published 8 months ago by Wayne Newman
This book eloquently put together the consciousness of the sixties generation. Many things stood out as relevant today as reasons for why there is the large gap between the 1% and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by chris
Having read the book when first it was published, and liked it very much, I thought to reread.
I'm glad to have it.
This book was assigned reading for the honors English composition class that I took as a college Freshman in the Spring of 1971. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Ulfilas
The Greening of America by Charles A. Reich (Review by Laura Brose) c. 2008
At first glance, the title, "The Greening of America" can lead one to believe that this is a book... Read more