Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

David Runciman writes:

Katznelson’s argument is that the distinctive character of the postwar American state is a ‘Janus-faced’ politics: outwardly assertive, interventionist, crusading, moralising, always looking to take the fight to the enemy; inwardly constrained, laissez-faire, decentralised, protective of private interests, reluctant to uphold the public good.

(LRB 25 April 2013)

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