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Hijacked, how neoliberalism turned the work ethic against workers and how workers can take it back, Elizabeth Anderson.

What is the work ethic? Does it justify policies that promote the wealth and power of the One Percent at workers' expense? Or does it advance policies that promote workers' dignity and standing? Hijacked explores how the history of political economy has been a contest between these two ideas about whom the work ethic is supposed to serve. Today's neoliberal ideology deploys the work ethic on behalf of the One Percent. However, workers and their advocates have long used the work ethic on behalf of ordinary people. By exposing the ideological roots of contemporary neoliberalism as a perversion of the seventeenth-century Protestant work ethic, Elizabeth Anderson shows how we can reclaim the original goals of the work ethic, and uplift ourselves again. Hijacked persuasively and powerfully demonstrates how ideas inspired by the work ethic informed debates among leading political economists of the past, and how these ideas can help us today
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Preface -- 1 The Dual Nature of the Protestant Work Ethic and the Birth of Utilitarianism -- The Protestant Work Ethic as a Revaluation of Values -- The Work Ethic: A Calvinist Solution to a Lutheran Problem -- Two Sides of the Puritan Work Ethic -- Christian Charity, Effective Altruism, and the Birth of Utilitarianism -- 2 Locke and the Progressive Work Ethic -- Locke as Libertarian Capitalist, or as Advocate of a (Mostly) Progressive Work Ethic? -- The Work Ethic, Natural Law Theory, and Natural Property Rights -- The Work Ethic, State Power, and Positive Rights -- A Constitution for Workers -- Locke's Work Ethic (1): Against the Idle Rich and Slavery -- Locke's Work Ethic (2): Distinguishing Industrious Workers from the Idle Poor -- 3 How Conservatives Hijacked the Work Ethic and Turned It Against Workers -- Developments in the Work Ethic in the Late Eighteenth Century -- Priestley: The Cult of Independence -- Bentham: The Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie -- Malthus: Chastity and Personal Responsibility Will Set the Poor Free -- Paley: The Virtue of Contentment -- Burke and Whately: Aristocratic Paternalism -- 4 Welfare Reform, Famine, and the Ideology of the Conservative Work Ethic -- Applications of the Conservative Work Ethic (1): English Welfare Reform -- Applications of the Conservative Work Ethic (2): The Irish Poor Law -- Applications of the Conservative Work Ethic (3): Irish Famine Policy -- The Conservative Work Ethic as Ideology -- 5 The Progressive Work Ethic (1): Smith, Ricardo, and Ricardian Socialists -- The Progressive Work Ethic in Classical Political Economy -- Adam Smith: Sympathy for Workers -- Free Markets for Workers -- Pragmatism vs. Dogmatism -- Ricardo, Rent, and the Stationary State -- Ricardian Socialists
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 22 Sep 2023)
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1 online resource (xviii, 369 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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