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The Resource John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy, Luke Mayville

John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy, Luke Mayville

Label
John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy
Title
John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy
Statement of responsibility
Luke Mayville
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Long before "the one percent" became a protest slogan, American founding father John Adams feared the power of a class he called simply "the few"--the rich. Mayville presents the first extended exploration of Adams's preoccupation with a problem that has a renewed urgency today: the way in which inequality threatens to corrode democracy and empower a small elite. Adams believed that wealth is politically powerful in modern societies not merely because money buys influence, but also because citizens admire and even sympathize with the rich. He thought wealth is powerful in the same way that beauty is powerful--it distinguishes its possessor and prompts reactions of approval and veneration. Citizens vote for--and with--the rich not because, as is often said, they hope to be rich one day, but because they esteem the rich and submit to their wishes. Mayville explores Adams's theory of wealth and power in the context of his broader concern about social and economic inequality, and also examines his ideas about how oligarchy might be countered
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.4/4092
Index
index present
LC call number
E322
LC item number
.M36 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy, Luke Mayville
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-203) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A perennial problem -- The goods of fortune -- Sympathy for the rich -- Dignified democracy -- American oligarchy
Control code
ocn940795158
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 216 pages
Isbn
9780691171531
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016003613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)940795158
Label
John Adams and the fear of American oligarchy, Luke Mayville
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-203) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A perennial problem -- The goods of fortune -- Sympathy for the rich -- Dignified democracy -- American oligarchy
Control code
ocn940795158
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 216 pages
Isbn
9780691171531
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016003613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)940795158

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