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Fred Block Fred Block
Professor, Sociology
University of California, Davis
Expertise: Economic Policy and History
    Reframing the Political Battle: Market Fundamentalism vs. Moral Economy by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
Fred Block begins Longview's systematic critique of Market Fundamentalism—the economic doctrine that has dominated the U.S. and global economy since the 1980's. Tying his analysis closely to the current political situation, Block argues that progressives can gain political leverage by focusing their criticisms on the exaggerated reverence for the market that has shaped the current Administration's domestic and foreign agendas. His goal is to show that Market Fundamentalism is both inadequate as an economic theory and morally dangerous. Later articles in this series will analyze the destructive impact of Market Fundamentalism in particular policy areas.
    The New Right-Wing Permissiveness by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
    Is the American Dream Dying? by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
In this election season, politicians of both parties celebrate the American Dream of unlimited opportunity for the poor who are willing to work hard and play by the rules. However, there are signs that indicate the Dream is on the decline.
    No Mandate for Market Fundamentalism by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
The President insists that his election victory paves the way for major new initiatives such as Social Security privatization. However, there is little evidence that the public embraces the right wing's long term hostility to our most successful and effective social program.
    Pessimistic Conservatives Cannot Fix Social Security by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
The Administration’s push for radical reform of Social Security rests on the idea that it is impossible to solve the system’s long term financing problems. In reality, this pessimism is simply a consequence of their deep hostility to public spending.
    Retirement Security: A Moral Economy Proposal by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
Fred Block applies the Moral Economy perspective to the debate about Social Security and other retirement programs. He proposes an alternative revenue source that would allow us to protect both present and future generations of retirees from economic hardship and insecurity.
    Bush's Defunct Economist by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
The case for privatizing Social Security depends on an error of logic. If in the future, there are too few wage earners to support too many retirees, private accounts will not solve the problem.
    Protesting For All the Wrong Reasons by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
Religious conservatives have been attacking giant retail firms for dropping Christmas from their holiday greetings. But Santa might have other reasons to put Sears on his list of those who get a lump of coal in their stockings this year.
    Poverty Rediscovered and so Quickly Forgotten by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
    Taking the Long View: Thoughts on Post-Election Strategy by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
Fred Block puts the election results in perspective and suggests a strategy that will help progressives to make further advances in shifting the nation’s agenda.
    Postindustrial Possibilities by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
A fresh understanding of the dynamics of postindustrial change.
    The Vampire State by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
An engaging look at how popular metaphors distort our economic understanding.
    The "Thing" Economy and the "Care" Economy by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
This short essay focuses on a key aspect of moral economy--our society's inadequate arrangements for providing the care and nurturance that we all need.
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    Fred Block: A Moral Economy by Fred Block, 01-30-2007
Over the last twenty-five years, conservatives have used simple, moral language to convince Americans that only unregulated markets produce prosperity. Fred Block writes in The Nation that, for the Democrats to regain power, they will have to replace that story with one of their own – a vision of a moral economy.

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