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The 1970s America in the World sven beckert and jeremi suri, series editors David Ekbladh, The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order Martin Klimke, The Other Alliance: Student Protest in West Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties Amdrew Zimmerman, Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South Ian Tyrrell, Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire Rachel St. John, Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.–Mexico Border The 1970s A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality Thomas Borstelmann Princeton University Press Princeton and Oxford Copyright © 2012 by Thomas Borstelmann Published by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1TW All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Borstelmann, Thomas. The 1970s : a new global history from civil rights to economic inequality / Thomas Borstelmann. p. cm. — (America in the world) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-691-14156-5 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. United States—History—1969– 2. United States—Social conditions—1960–1980. 3. United States—Politics and government—1969–1974. 4. United States—Politics and government—1974–1977. 5. United States—Politics and government—1977–1981. 6. United States—Economic conditions—1971–1981. 7. United States—Foreign relations—1945–1989. 8. United States—Commerce— History—20th century. 9. Equality—United States—History— 20th century. 10. Nineteen seventies. I. Title. II. Title: Nineteen seventies. E839.B59 2012 909.82’7—dc22 2011007790 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available This book has been composed in Sabon Printed on acid-free paper. ∞ Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For my brother John, foundation and best friend of my 1970s This is the growing complication of the modern condition , the expanding circle of moral sympathy. Not only distant peoples are our brothers and sisters, but foxes too, and laboratory mice, and now the fish. —Ian McEwan, Saturday The market gives people what the people want instead of what other people think they ought to want. At the bottom of many criticisms of the market economy is really lack of belief in freedom itself. —Milton Friedman, “The New Liberal’s Creed” Here’s where the concept of neoliberalism—the idea of the free market as the essential mechanism of social justice —is genuinely clarifying. A society free not only of racism but of sexism and of heterosexism is a neoliberal utopia where all the irrelevant grounds for inequality (your identity) have been eliminated and whatever inequalities are left are therefore legitimated. —Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble with Diversity ...


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