The Resource If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved, Michael Tomasky

If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved, Michael Tomasky

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If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved
Title
If we can keep it
Title remainder
how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved
Statement of responsibility
Michael Tomasky
Title variation
How the republic collapsed and how it might be saved
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"On the final day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin: 'Well, doctor, what have we got--a republic or a monarchy?' He replied, 'A republic, if you can keep it.' Why has American politics fallen into such a state of horrible dysfunction? Can it ever be fixed? These are the questions that motivate Michael Tomasky's deeply original examination into the origins of our hopelessly polarized nation. 'One of America's finest political commentators' (Michael J. Sandel), Tomasky ranges across centuries and disciplines to show first how America's system of representative government was conjured into being, why it is so peculiar compared to political systems around the world, and why it has only rarely worked the way its creators intended. Beginning his history in 1787, when the Constitution was written, Tomasky shows that America has almost always had two clashing political tribes that are existentially, and often violently, opposed. While the nation remained polarized throughout the nineteenth century, Tomasky goes on to discuss the Depression and World War II, the two eras that forged a rare period of national unity in the twentieth century--and the period right after that, when the country split apart over race, immigration, stagnant wages, and the horrendous inflation of the 1970s. When he turns to the twenty-first century, Tomasky shows how our two political parties have grown not just further apart but have become different creatures entirely--with Republicans making politics more ideological and Democrats being sometimes unsure about how to adapt. Not content merely to diagnose these problems, Tomasky offers an audacious agenda for how we can help fix our broken political system--both political reforms and broader changes in how we live and communicate with one another--from ranked-choice voting and at-large congressional elections to expanding high-school civics education nationwide. Combining revelatory data with trenchant analysis, Tomasky tells us how the nation broke apart and points us toward a more hopeful political future."--Dust jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tomasky, Michael
Dewey number
320.973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1726
LC item number
.T66 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Political culture
  • Polarization (Social sciences)
  • Political participation
  • Political culture
  • Political participation
  • Politics and government
  • United States
  • United States
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If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved, Michael Tomasky
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dr. Franklin's challenge -- The true history of our not-very-representative democracy -- We were always polarized -- America in the age of consensus -- Coming apart -- More consumers than citizens -- From Gingrich to Trump--the system explodes -- If we can keep it: a fourteen-point agenda to reduce polarization
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781631494086
Lccn
2018043229
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1073033877
  • 1753886
  • (OCoLC)on1073033877
  • 1753886
Label
If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved, Michael Tomasky
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Dr. Franklin's challenge -- The true history of our not-very-representative democracy -- We were always polarized -- America in the age of consensus -- Coming apart -- More consumers than citizens -- From Gingrich to Trump--the system explodes -- If we can keep it: a fourteen-point agenda to reduce polarization
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvii, 273 pages
Isbn
9781631494086
Lccn
2018043229
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1073033877
  • 1753886
  • (OCoLC)on1073033877
  • 1753886

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