Michael Harrington


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Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington (February 24, 1928 – July 31, 1989) was an American democratic socialist, writer, political activist, political theorist, professor of political science, radio commentator and initiator of the Democratic Socialists of America. During the 1970s he invented the term neoconservatism.

Michael Harrington was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February ... more »

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  • ''If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery, in impoverishment.''
    Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, appendix, sct. 1 (1962).
  • ''That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.''
    Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1962).
  • ''Clothes make the poor invisible.... America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.''
    Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1962).
  • Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than to submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. It is a strange part of the oth...
    Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1962).
  • ''That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.''
    Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1962).
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