The Resource The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity, Alan Wolfe

The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity, Alan Wolfe

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The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity
Title
The politics of petulance
Title remainder
America in an age of immaturity
Statement of responsibility
Alan Wolfe
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Language
eng
Summary
How did we get into this mess? Every morning, many Americans ask this as, with a cringe, they pick up their phones and look to see what terrible thing President Trump has just said or done. Regardless of what he's complaining about or whom he's attacking, a second question comes hard on the heels of the first: How on earth do we get out of this? Alan Wolfe has an answer. In The Politics of Petulance he argues that the core of our problem isn't Trump himself--it's that we are mired in an age of political immaturity. That immaturity is not grounded in any one ideology, nor is it a function of age or education. It's in an abdication of valuing the character of would-be leaders; it's in a failure to acknowledge, even welcome the complexity of government and society; and it's in a loss of the ability to be skeptical without being suspicious. In 2016, many Americans were offered tantalizingly simple answers to complicated problems, and, like children being offered a lunch of Pop Rocks and Coke, they reflexively--and mindlessly--accepted. The good news, such as it is, is that we've been here before. Wolfe reminds us that we know how to grow up and face down Trump and other demagogues. Wolfe reinvigorates the tradition of public engagement exemplified by midcentury intellectuals such as Richard Hofstadter, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling--and he draws lessons from their battles with McCarthyism and conspiratorial paranoia. Wolfe mounts a powerful case that we can learn from them to forge a new path for political intervention today. Wolfe has been thinking and writing about American life and politics for decades. He sees this moment as one of real risk. But he's not throwing up his hands; he's bracing us. We've faced demagogues before. We can find the intellectual maturity to fight back. Yes we can
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ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wolfe, Alan
Dewey number
320.51/30973
Index
index present
LC call number
JC574.2.U6
LC item number
W67 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Liberalism
  • Politics, Practical
  • Democracy
  • Populism
  • Democracy
  • Liberalism
  • Politics and government
  • Politics, Practical
  • Populism
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity, Alan Wolfe
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mature liberalism -- Democracy's demagogue -- The return of mass society -- From conspiracy to irony -- Tragedy, comedy, and American democracy -- Immature democracy -- Some lessons for the future
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 210 pages
Isbn
9780226555164
Lccn
2018010072
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 1748416
  • (OCoLC)1028611726
  • 1734138
  • (OCoLC)on1028611726
  • 1734138
  • 1748416
  • 1748416
Label
The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity, Alan Wolfe
Publication
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
Mature liberalism -- Democracy's demagogue -- The return of mass society -- From conspiracy to irony -- Tragedy, comedy, and American democracy -- Immature democracy -- Some lessons for the future
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 210 pages
Isbn
9780226555164
Lccn
2018010072
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 1748416
  • (OCoLC)1028611726
  • 1734138
  • (OCoLC)on1028611726
  • 1734138
  • 1748416
  • 1748416

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