Gabriel Kolko’s Unfinished Revolution

Bill Totten's Weblog

Kolko reshaped the way we think about how the state protects and advances capitalist interests.

by Eli Cook

https://www.jacobinmag.com (June 25 2014)

Gabriel Kolko, historian and socialist, died last month in his home in Amsterdam. He was 81.

When Kolko’s The Triumph of Conservatism appeared on the scene in 1963, it was not only a book of history but heresy. This was the era in which American liberalism reigned supreme, and social commentators such as Daniel Bell confidently assured the public that the formula for sustained economic prosperity and political freedom had been uncovered in the form of a capitalist system kept in check by a powerful and centralized regulatory government.

American liberals of the era rarely challenged the basic assumption on which their worldview hinged: that the purpose of the modern state was to inhibit and constrain – not advance or sustain – corporate interests. As is evident from…

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