The Fractured Republic

Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.12 hours)
Product Number: Z100119216
Released: Aug 23, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781478945086
Narrator/s: Kevin T. Collins
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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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.

Author(s): Yuval Levin
Original Publish Date: Aug 23, 2016

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Author(s): Yuval Levin
Narrator(s): Kevin T. Collins
Product Number DD27979
Released: Aug 23, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781478945109
Author(s): Yuval Levin
Product Number EB00702423
Released: May 23, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: #9781541698383

Professional reviews

"Are you a conservative who yearns for the certainties of the Reagan era or a liberal who pines for the dynamic social issues of the 1960s? If so, then according to this audiobook, you are part of the problem. Narrator Kevin T. Collins has a soft, deep voice, but he infuses it with a sense of urgency and purpose that fits the tone of this book. America has changed dramatically, splintering into social, political, and ethnic groups whose problems demand a different approach. The author suggests a more vivid focus on social institutions to make us stronger. Collins reads slowly and deliberately, and he paces himself well. He pauses effectively, allowing listeners to consider the author's meaning. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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