Ideology in The Reagan Era

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Ideology in The Reagan Era Looking at the Past Through the Lens of Ideology "Government is the Problem" "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem." That applause line, delivered halfway through Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address in 1980, embodied the distilled essence of Reagan's greatest lasting contribution to American life. For nearly fifty years before Reagan, most Americans assumed that their government could and should be expected to solve the country's pressing social and economic problems. In the nearly thirty years that have passed since Reagan, however, most Americans have come to believe that the free market, not the government, can best solve the nation's ills. That fundamental shift in Americans' basic worldview, more than anything else, defines the conservative Reagan Era (which continues to this day) and differentiates it from the liberal New Deal Era that preceded it. Ronald Reagan's Political Evolution
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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