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United We Fall : Ending America's Love Affair With the Political Center (Hardcover)

Author: Neisser, Phil

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United We Fall argues that today's harmful levels of polarization in American politics can be ratcheted down only by giving up the twin notions that the center is the sweet spot for political efficiency and that all differences deserve equal weight in the democratic balance. The American people need instead to embrace a political credo of civic engagement, confrontation with open ears, and spirited debate. The commonplace "United We Stand" must be supplanted by the insight that democracy is strongest where it acknowledges and formalizes real division. But surely bipartisan rancor in America and extremist violence around the world are symptoms of too much disagreement--not too little? No, asserts the author: The root cause of political violence of all stripes is the failure of opposing camps to engage each other openly and persuasively on their genuine and irreconcilable differences.

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Publisher Praeger Pub Text
Mfg Part# 9780313358852
SKU 208018992
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0313358850
Release Date 6/1/2008
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0231
Publisher Praeger Publishers
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