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The Fractured Republic

The Fractured Republic Book
Author : Yuval Levin
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2017-05-23
ISBN : 0465093256
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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. Through them, we can achieve not a single solution to the problems of our age, but multiple and tailored answers fitted to the daunting range of challenges we face and suited to enable an American revival.

A Time to Build

A Time to Build Book
Author : Yuval Levin
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2020-01-21
ISBN : 1541699289
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars rage on campus, in the media, social media, and other arenas of our common life. And for too many Americans, alienation can descend into despair, weakening families and communities and even driving an explosion of opioid abuse. Left and right alike have responded with populist anger at our institutions, and use only metaphors of destruction to describe the path forward: cleaning house, draining swamps. But, as Yuval Levin argues, this is a misguided prescription, rooted in a defective diagnosis. The social crisis we confront is defined not by an oppressive presence but by a debilitating absence of the forces that unite us and militate against alienation. As Levin argues, now is not a time to tear down, but rather to build and rebuild by committing ourselves to the institutions around us. From the military to churches, from families to schools, these institutions provide the forms and structures we need to be free. By taking concrete steps to help them be more trustworthy, we can renew the ties that bind Americans to one another.

Invitation to Christian Ethics

Invitation to Christian Ethics Book
Author : Ken Magnuson
Publisher : Kregel Academic
Release : 2020-09-29
ISBN : 0825434459
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A comprehensive introduction to Christian ethics addressing today's most challenging moral issues Invitation to Christian Ethics is an indispensable guide for helping pastors, counselors, and everyday Christians navigate today's difficult moral questions. Readers will benefit from Ken Magnuson's survey of ethics from a biblical perspective as well as contemporary theories of moral reasoning. This survey is followed by twelve chapters devoted to some of the thorniest issues Christians encounter today, such as: Sexuality, including homosexuality, sexual identity, and gender Marriage and divorce Infertility and assisted reproductive technologies Abortion Physician-assisted suicide Race relations Creation care Capital punishment Just war, pacifism, and the use of lethal force Magnuson provides biblical insight into each topic and presents key moral considerations. He also answers specific, practical questions that arise and concludes with a summary of his recommended approach to each issue. Readers will learn how to grapple with difficult moral questions and will receive guidance for some of life's most challenging ethical conundrums. "Ethics will continue to be a line in the sand that separates Christians. In this volume, Magnuson gives us a biblically-based, logically-sound, historically-rooted, and future-aware guide that the church so desperately needs in the face of sexual revolution, moral relativism, and advancing technology." --Brian Arnold, President of Phoenix Seminary

The Great Debate

The Great Debate Book
Author : Yuval Levin
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2013-12-03
ISBN : 0465040942
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An acclaimed portrait of Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the origins of modern conservatism and liberalism In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the roots of the left/right political divide in America by examining the views of the men who best represented each side at its origin: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. Striving to forge a new political path in the tumultuous age of the American and French revolutions, these two ideological titans sparred over moral and philosophical questions about the nature of political life and the best approach to social change: radical and swift, or gradual and incremental. The division they articulated continues to shape our political life today. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the basis of our political order and Washington's acrimonious rifts today, The Great Debate offers a profound examination of what conservatism, progressivism, and the debate between them truly amount to.

When the Center Does Not Hold

When the Center Does Not Hold Book
Author : David R. Brubaker
Publisher : Fortress Press
Release : 2019-11-05
ISBN : 1506453066
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Over the past forty years, congregations, businesses, other organizations, and communities across the United States have become increasingly divided along political and ideological lines. In When the Center Does Not Hold, David R. Brubaker, with contributions by colleagues Everett Brubaker, Carolyn Yoder, and Teresa J. Haase, offers relevant, practical mentorship on navigating polarized environments. Through easily accessible stories, they provide tools and processes that will equip leaders to both manage themselves and effectively lead others in highly polarized and anxious systems. Coaching includes guidance on key characteristics of effective leadership in times of polarization: refusing contempt, honoring dignity, broadening binaries, seeking first to understand, inviting disagreement, and staying connected. With years of combined experience in the fields of conflict transformation and organizational and leadership studies, Brubaker and his colleagues offer hope. Here, readers learn from leaders and communities that continue to renew the covenants that bind them, courageously address deeper needs that drive conflict, and hold on to a moral center while navigating the storms of polarization.

Storm Divers Book 1 of the Fractured Republic Saga Large Print

Storm Divers  Book 1 of the Fractured Republic Saga   Large Print  Book
Author : Terry Mixon
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2016-08-15
ISBN : 9781947376618
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Plunging his tiny ship into the unimaginable maelstroms of Jupiter allows Adam Hale forget the blood-soaked tragedy that ended his military career. Until a beautiful spy came looking for his missing brother, her partner. And to take her revenge on Adam. What they find changes everything they thought they knew. And brings foes determined to kill them both before they solve the mystery. If you love adrenaline-pumping science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab "Storm Divers" today!

Storm Divers

Storm Divers Book
Author : Terry Mixon
Publisher : Yowling Cat Press
Release : 2018-01-05
ISBN : 9781947376038
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Plunging his tiny ship into the unimaginable maelstroms of Jupiter allows Adam Hale forget the blood-soaked tragedy that ended his military career. Until a beautiful spy came looking for his missing brother, her partner. And to take her revenge on Adam. What they find changes everything they thought they knew. And brings foes determined to kill them both before they solve the mystery. If you love adrenaline-pumping science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab "Storm Divers" today!

A Divided Republic

A Divided Republic Book
Author : Emile Chabal
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2015-04-02
ISBN : 131629921X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is an original and sophisticated historical interpretation of contemporary French political culture. Until now, there have been few attempts to understand the political consequences of the profound geopolitical, intellectual and economic changes that France has undergone since the 1970s. However, Emile Chabal's detailed study shows how passionate debates over citizenship, immigration, colonial memory, the reform of the state and the historiography of modern France have galvanised the French elite and created new spaces for discussion and disagreement. Many of these debates have coalesced around two political languages - republicanism and liberalism - both of which structure the historical imagination and the symbolic vocabulary of French political actors. The tension between these two political languages has become the central battleground of contemporary French politics. It is around these two poles that politicians, intellectuals and members of France's vast civil society have tried to negotiate the formidable challenges of ideological uncertainty and a renewed sense of global insecurity.

Defining Hybrid Homeschools in America

Defining Hybrid Homeschools in America Book
Author : Eric Wearne
Publisher : Lexington Books
Release : 2020-10-28
ISBN : 179360634X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Defining Hybrid Homeschools in America: Little Platoons explores the idea of hybrid homeschools, where students attend a formal school setting for part of the week and are homeschooled the rest of the week. Eric Wearne observes that school choice in America typically comes in two forms: programs set up for disadvantaged students, and the more common form of choice that wealthy parents can exercise—paying private tuition or moving to a more desirable school district. While disadvantaged families in many places and wealthy families everywhere can exercise choice when it comes to schooling, a sizeable group typically gets left out of those options—the large number of families who are too wealthy to access state or local programs, but not wealthy enough to pay for private schooling or moving expenses. Wearne argues that this is a long-term weakness for school choice in America; the middle class is generally a well-off demographic, but is almost completely unserved when it comes to this large aspect of their children’s lives. However, one low-cost option has arisen to address this niche: hybrid home schools. Wearne cites existing research to argue for this model’s efficacy for the middle class as a strong example of a healthy civil society and examines how policy definitions are breaking down and evolving in education as we challenge the existing definitions of schooling.

Notes from a Derelict Culture

Notes from a Derelict Culture Book
Author : David Solway
Publisher : Black House Publishing Ltd
Release : 2019-08-04
ISBN : 1912759268
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The essays in this book elaborate an overall view of the central predicament confronting the West today: a theologically-inspired terrorist movement, the left-liberal belief-system that dominates the Western sensibility, the plague of political correctness that devitalizes language and obscures truth, and the almost universal opprobrium in which America—and by extrapolation the historical endowment of Western civilization—is held by the official institutions of the international community and by liberal culture. For too many years now we have practiced the rites of evasion, craving asylum in blindness, conciliation, sophistry and equivocation. Many flinch from expressing their convictions plainly, fearing to offend their readers and imperil their professional credentials. There is no more pressing requirement for us today than the obligation to seek the truth and to speak clearly, boldly, and without compromise, an endeavor with which this book is fundamentally engaged.

Democracy and the History of Political Thought

Democracy and the History of Political Thought Book
Author : Patrick N. Cain,Stephen Patrick Sims,Stephen A. Block
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2021-06-23
ISBN : 1793621608
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This volume provides a fresh perspective on current democratic theory and practice by recovering the rich evaluations of democracy in the history of political thought. Each author addresses a single thinker’s reflections on the virtues and defects of democracy and the relationship between democracy and other regimes. Together, these essays explore the tensions within the democratic way of life that arise from an attachment to equality, liberty, citizenship, law, and the divine. Above all, this work aims at recovering a more complex understanding of democracy, connecting the perennial questions of political philosophy to the perplexities and crises of modern democracy.

Secular Surge

Secular Surge Book
Author : David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2020-12-03
ISBN : 1108918344
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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American society is rapidly secularizing–a radical departure from its historically high level of religiosity–and politics is a big part of the reason. Just as, forty years ago, the Religious Right arose as a new political movement, today secularism is gaining traction as a distinct and politically energized identity. This book examines the political causes and political consequences of this secular surge, drawing on a wealth of original data. The authors show that secular identity is in part a reaction to the Religious Right. However, while the political impact of secularism is profound, there may not yet be a Secular Left to counterbalance the Religious Right. Secularism has introduced new tensions within the Democratic Party while adding oxygen to political polarization between Democrats and Republicans. Still there may be opportunities to reach common ground if politicians seek to forge coalitions that encompass both secular and religious Americans.

Abraham Lincoln s Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy

Abraham Lincoln   s Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy Book
Author : Jon D. Schaff
Publisher : Southern Illinois University Press
Release : 2019-07-03
ISBN : 0809337371
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This bold, groundbreaking study of American political development assesses the presidency of Abraham Lincoln through the lenses of governmental power, economic policy, expansion of executive power, and natural rights to show how Lincoln not only believed in the limitations of presidential power but also dedicated his presidency to restraining the scope and range of it. Though Lincoln’s presidency is inextricably linked to the Civil War, and he is best known for his defense of the Union and executive wartime leadership, Lincoln believed that Congress should be at the helm of public policy making. Likewise, Lincoln may have embraced limited government in vague terms, but he strongly supported effective rule of law and distribution of income and wealth. Placing the Lincoln presidency within a deeper and more meaningful historical context, Abraham Lincoln’s Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy highlights Lincoln’s significance in the development of American power institutions and social movement politics. Using Lincoln’s prepresidential and presidential words and actions, this book argues that decent government demands a balance of competing goods and the strong statesmanship that Lincoln exemplified. Instead of relying too heavily on the will of the people and institutional solutions to help prevent tyranny, Jon D. Schaff proposes that American democracy would be better served by a moderate and prudential statesmanship such as Lincoln’s, which would help limit democratic excesses. Schaff explains how Lincoln’s views on prudence, moderation, natural rights, and economics contain the notion of limits, then views Lincoln’s political and presidential leadership through the same lens. He compares Lincoln’s views on governmental powers with the defense of unlimited government by twentieth-century progressives and shows how Lincoln’s theory of labor anticipated twentieth-century distributist economic thought. Schaff’s unique exploration falls squarely between historians who consider Lincoln a protoprogressive and those who say his presidency was a harbinger of industrialized, corporatized America. In analyzing Lincoln’s approach, Abraham Lincoln’s Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy rejects the idea he was a revolutionary statesman and instead lifts up Lincoln’s own affinity for limited presidential power, making the case for a modest approach to presidential power today based on this understanding of Lincoln’s statesmanship. As a counterpoint to the contemporary landscape of bitter, uncivil politics, Schaff points to Lincoln’s statesmanship as a model for better ways of engaging in politics in a democracy.

Laboratories Against Democracy

Laboratories Against Democracy Book
Author : Jacob Grumbach
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2022-07-05
ISBN : 0691218455
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Even in this precarious moment for American democracy, the institutions of American federalism-that is, state governments-remain almost universally lauded. For many, the present era of national partisan polarization makes local politics even more appealing. The truth about federalism in this polarized age, however, is a bit more concerning, as Grumbach details. As the state level has become an increasingly important site of public policies that affect Americans' lives, it is also accelerating the distressing trends of the current era, including plutocratic politics, racial inequality, and democratic backsliding. The book develops a theory of the interaction between federalism and polarization, debunking common myths and misunderstandings that underpin widespread support of state governments. Whereas the framers thought federalism would incentivize state governments to customize policy to local preferences, the state level is increasingly dominated by national groups who exploit the low-information environments of amateur legislatures, inattentive local media, and identity-focused voters. Not only are well-resourced groups advantaged, but polarization diminishes the incentives for state governments to learn from the experiences of other policy laboratories. A state may risk their party's national reputation by emulating a successful policy from a state controlled by the opposing party. Taken together, this theory of polarized federalism suggests that polarization disrupts the oft-lauded features of federalism so common to theories of American governance"--

Brutality Garden

Brutality Garden Book
Author : Christopher Dunn
Publisher : UNC Press Books
Release : 2001
ISBN : 9780807849767
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropic¡lia. Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad. Few new listeners, however, make the connection between this music and the circumstances surrounding its creation, the most violent and repressive days of the military regime that governed Brazil from 1964 to 1985. With key manifestations in theater, cinema, visual arts, literature, and especially popular music, Tropic¡lia dynamically articulated the conflicts and aspirations of a generation of young, urban Brazilians. Focusing on a group of musicians from Bahia, an impoverished state in northeastern Brazil noted for its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, Christopher Dunn reveals how artists including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom Z© created this movement together with the musical and poetic vanguards of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most modern and industrialized city. He shows how the tropicalists selectively appropriated and parodied cultural practices from Brazil and abroad in order to expose the fissure between their nation's idealized image as a peaceful tropical "garden" and the daily brutality visited upon its citizens.

Crisis of Responsibility

Crisis of Responsibility Book
Author : David L. Bahnsen
Publisher : Post Hill Press
Release : 2018-02-13
ISBN : 1682616266
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Across the globe a “revolt” of sorts is taking place against elitism. No more will big government, big media, big banks, big bureaucracy, and big institutions hold the secret nuggets of truth and dictate our lives and fortunes. Financial markets, political punditry, and cultural leaders are all scrambling to react to the rise of the often disenfranchised. But what happens after all the bogeymen have been vanquished? What if opposing the incompetence of the European Union, the biases of the American media, the corruption of crony capitalism, the arrogance of political power brokers, and allegedly unfair global trade deals is not enough? The key to American prosperity in this new era of populism is for moral people to make responsibility matter again by renewing personal virtue and form lasting, mediating institutions that will trump the elitist bogeymen and scapegoats for generations to come. If we fail as individual Americans to address this core crisis of responsibility, we have only ourselves to blame for what happens next.

Forgotten Americans

Forgotten Americans Book
Author : Isabel Sawhill
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2018-09-25
ISBN : 0300241062
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A sobering account of a disenfranchised American working class and important policy solutions to the nation’s economic inequalities One of the country’s leading scholars on economics and social policy, Isabel Sawhill addresses the enormous divisions in American society—economic, cultural, and political—and what might be done to bridge them. Widening inequality and the loss of jobs to trade and technology has left a significant portion of the American workforce disenfranchised and skeptical of governments and corporations alike. And yet both have a role to play in improving the country for all. Sawhill argues for a policy agenda based on mainstream values, such as family, education, and work. While many have lost faith in government programs designed to help them, there are still trusted institutions on both the local and federal level that can deliver better job opportunities and higher wages to those who have been left behind. At the same time, the private sector needs to reexamine how it trains and rewards employees. This book provides a clear-headed and middle-way path to a better-functioning society in which personal responsibility is honored and inclusive capitalism and more broadly shared growth are once more the norm.

Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century

Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century Book
Author : José Angel Hernández
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2012-04-30
ISBN : 1107378753
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This study is a reinterpretation of nineteenth-century Mexican American history, examining Mexico's struggle to secure its northern border with repatriates from the United States, following a war that resulted in the loss of half Mexico's territory. Responding to past interpretations, Jose Angel Hernández suggests that these resettlement schemes centred on developments within the frontier region, the modernisation of the country with loyal Mexican American settlers, and blocking the tide of migrations to the United States to prevent the depopulation of its fractured northern border. Through an examination of Mexico's immigration and colonisation policies as they developed in the nineteenth century, this book focuses primarily on the population of Mexican citizens who were 'lost' after the end of the Mexican American War of 1846–8 until the end of the century.

Social Change and the Coming of Post consumer Society

Social Change and the Coming of Post consumer Society Book
Author : Maurie J Cohen,Halina Szejnwald Brown,Philip J Vergragt
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 2017-03-31
ISBN : 1317246217
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Consumer society is an unquestionably complex social construct. However, after decades of unremitting dominance there are signs emerging that it is starting to falter, both as a coherent and durable system of social organization and as a strategy for societal advancement. Debates concerning how we can transition beyond present energy- and materials-intensive consumer society are beginning to gain greater salience. Social Change and the Coming of Post-Consumer Society aims to develop more complete appreciation of the relevant processes of social change and to identify effective interventions that could enable a transition to supersede consumer society. Bringing together leading interdisciplinary experts on social change, the book identifies and analyzes several ongoing small- and modest-scale social experiments. Possibilities for macro-scale change from the interlinked perspectives of culture, economics, finance, and governance are then explored. These contributions expose the systemic problems that are emblematic of the current condition of consumer society, specifically the unsustainability of prevailing consumption practices and lifestyles and the persistence of inequalities. These observations are summarized and extended in the final chapter of the book. This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable consumption, sustainability transitions, environmental sociology, and sustainable development.

The Promise of a New America

The Promise of a New America Book
Author : William Paul Wanker
Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
Release : 2017-02-20
ISBN : 1365764214
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Promise of a New America identifies the philosophical, historical, political, economic, social, and cultural causes underpinning the increasing dysfunction of the American Republic and the subsequent disenfranchisement of its peoples. The book uses these findings to identify a solution to remedy our ills: it is to build a new form of governance around the concept of human dignity and living a dignified human existence. The book proposes the form be an eco-cultural community, a community defined both by its naturally occurring bio-system and by the economic and cultural identity of the people involved therein. And the book challenges all Americans to overthrow our republican form of government, by engaging in a Campaign for Human Dignity, supported technically as that campaign would be through the Human Dignity Project,TM which would ensure increasing enfranchisement and not segregation.