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The Resource The fractured Republic : renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism, Yuval Levin

The fractured Republic : renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism, Yuval Levin

Label
The fractured Republic : renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism
Title
The fractured Republic
Title remainder
renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism
Statement of responsibility
Yuval Levin
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Americans today are frustrated and anxious. Our economy is sluggish, and leaves workers insecure. Income inequality, cultural divisions, and political polarization increasingly pull us apart. Our governing institutions often seem paralyzed. And our politics has failed to rise to these challenges. No wonder, then, that Americans -- and the politicians who represent them -- are overwhelmingly nostalgic for a better time. The Left looks back to the middle of the twentieth century, when unions were strong, large public programs promised to solve pressing social problems, and the movements for racial integration and sexual equality were advancing. The Right looks back to the Reagan Era, when deregulation and lower taxes spurred the economy, cultural traditionalism seemed resurgent, and America was confident and optimistic. Each side thinks returning to its golden age could solve America's problems. In The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin argues that this politics of nostalgia is failing twenty-first-century Americans. Both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century -- as the large, consolidated institutions that once dominated our economy, politics, and culture have fragmented and become smaller, more diverse, and personalized. Individualism, dynamism, and liberalization have come at the cost of dwindling solidarity, cohesion, and social order. This has left us with more choices in every realm of life but less security, stability, and national unity. Both our strengths and our weaknesses are therefore consequences of these changes. And the dysfunctions of our fragmented national life will need to be answered by the strengths of our decentralized, diverse, dynamic nation. Levin argues that this calls for a modernizing politics that avoids both radical individualism and a centralizing statism and instead revives the middle layers of society -- families and communities, schools and churches, charities and associations, local governments and markets
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306.20973
Index
index present
LC call number
E893
LC item number
.L48 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The fractured Republic : renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism, Yuval Levin
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Blinded by nostalgia -- The age of conformity -- The age of frenzy -- The age of anxiety -- The unbundled market -- Subculture wars -- One nation, after all
Control code
ocn945121355
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780465061969
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016002304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)945121355
Label
The fractured Republic : renewing America's social contract in the Age of Individualism, Yuval Levin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Blinded by nostalgia -- The age of conformity -- The age of frenzy -- The age of anxiety -- The unbundled market -- Subculture wars -- One nation, after all
Control code
ocn945121355
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780465061969
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016002304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)945121355

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