Redeeming Democracy in America

Redeeming Democracy in America Wherever we turn in America today we see angry citizens disparaging government distrusting each other avoiding civic life and professing a hatred of politics and politicians of all stripes Is our

  • Title: Redeeming Democracy in America
  • Author: Wilson Carey McWilliams Patrick J. Deneen Susan J. McWilliams
  • ISBN: 9780700617852
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wherever we turn in America today, we see angry citizens disparaging government, distrusting each other, avoiding civic life, and professing a hatred of politics and politicians of all stripes Is our situation hopeless Wilson Carey McWilliams wouldn t think so.McWilliams, one of the preeminent political theorists of the twentieth century, was closely identified with an aWherever we turn in America today, we see angry citizens disparaging government, distrusting each other, avoiding civic life, and professing a hatred of politics and politicians of all stripes Is our situation hopeless Wilson Carey McWilliams wouldn t think so.McWilliams, one of the preeminent political theorists of the twentieth century, was closely identified with an ambitious intellectual enterprise to reclaim and restore democracy as a source of national veneration, inspiration, and salvation Better than most of his contemporaries, he understood and illuminated the major sources of the political malaise that afflicts our nation s citizens For him, the key to reinvigorating our republic depends on our ability to reclaim the second voice of American politics the one that emanates from our literature, churches, families, and schools and speaks out on behalf of community and civic responsibility.The writings gathered here cohere into McWilliams s most mature and most developed philosophical statement the distillation of a distinguished career of thinking about the American experiment From insights into The Framers and the Constitution to reflections on America as Technological Republic, he shares a love for an older tradition of democracy, one based upon the active self rule of self governing citizens Protestant Prudence and Natural Rights and On Equality as the Moral Foundation for Community may force readers to adjust their understandings of American politics, while Democracy and the Citizen and Political Parties as Civic Associations will resound for observers of the current political scene, regardless of party.Carey McWilliams not only offers a prescient analysis of the current crisis in American citizenship and governance but also shows us what sources within the American tradition might exist to save us from our worst selves His broad and iconoclastic approach to American politics should appeal to both conservatives and liberals to anyone, in fact, who cares about the state of democracy in America.

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    1. Lee

      This is the first book by Wilson Carey McWilliams I ever read -- he is better known for his magnum opus, "The Idea of Fraternity in America." Before you attempt to read this book, understand that it is a book about political theory. McWilliams is dealing with very big ideas, and in order to keep up with him it is important to be well versed in the Founding and in liberal political philosophy. You might also want to be conversant in some of the communitarian critiques of liberalism -- essentially [...]

    2. Edward

      I read this book based upon the recommendation of a respected former colleague, a high school history teacher who had taken a seminar from the author and thought highly of him. Otherwise, I would never have come across this book. It tends to be dense and politically abstract, but the author's insights are worth reading.The book is divided into three sections with four essays in each section; American Foundations, America's Two Voices, and American Politics, Public and Private. An overriding conc [...]

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