Our Divided Political Heart The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

ISBN-10: 1608192016

ISBN-13: 9781608192014

Edition: 2012

Authors: E. J. Dionne
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Description: America today is at a political impasse; we face a nation divided and discontented. Acclaimed political commentator E.J. Dionne argues that Americans can't agree on who we are as a nation because we can't agree on who we've been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us "Americans."Dionne places our current quarrels in the long-standing tradition of struggle between two core values: the love of individualism and our reverence for community. Both make us who we are, and to ignore either one is to distort our national character. He sees the current Tea Party as a representation of hyper-individualism, and takes on their agenda-serving distortions of history, from the Revolution to the Civil War and the constitutional role of government. Tea Partiers have reacted fiercely to President Obama, who seeks to restore a communitarian balance - a cause in American liberalism which Dionne traces through recent decades.The ability of the American system to self-correct may be one of its greatest assets, but we have been caught in cycles of over-correcting. Dionne seeks, through an understanding of our factious past, to rediscover the idea of true progress, and the confidence that it can be achieved.

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/22/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: Who We Are: Liberty, Community, and the American Character
Why Are We Yelling at Each Other?
Two Cups of Tea: The Tea Party in History and on History
The Politics of History: Why the Past Can Never Escape the Present
Lessons from the Humble Penny: The Striver, the Seeker, the Puritan, and the Patriot
Reinventing American Liberalism: Why the Left Embraced Community
From Tradition to Revolt: How Conservatives Left Community Behind
What History Teaches Us
One Nation, Conceived in Argument: The Revolution, the Constitution, and the Origins of the American Debate
The American System: How Strong Government, Strong Individuals, and Strong Communities Have Supported Each Other
What's the Matter with Populism? Why Everybody Loves It, Except When They Don't
The Long Consensus and Its Achievements: The Quest for Balance from the Progressive Era to the Reagan Era
Recovering Our Balance, Restoring Our Greatness
The New American System: Building a Community of Freedom
A Personal Note
Notes
Index
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