Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America's Postwar Political Order

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Encounter Books, 2015 - 389 páginas
The United States has been shaped by three far-reaching political revolutions: Jefferson’s "revolution of 1800,” the Civil War, and the New Deal. Each of these upheavals concluded with lasting institutional and cultural adjustments that set the stage for new phases of political and economic development. Are we on the verge of a new upheaval, a "fourth revolution” that will reshape U.S. politics for decades to come? There are signs to suggest that we are.

America’s Fourth Revolutiondescribes the political upheaval that will overtake the United States over the next decade as a consequence of economic stagnation, the growth of government, and the exhaustion of post-war arrangements that formerly underpinned American prosperity and power. The inter-connected challenges of public debt, the retirement of the "baby boom" generation, and slow economic growth have reached a point where they can no longer be addressed by incremental adjustments in taxes and spending, but will require profound changes in the role of government in American life. At the same time, the widening gulf between the two political parties and the entrenched power of interest groups will make it difficult to negotiate the changes needed to renew the system.

America’s Fourth Revolutionplaces this impending upheaval in historical context by reminding readers that Americans have faced and overcome similar challenges in the past and that they seem to resolve their deepest problems in relatively brief but intense periods of political conflict. In contrast to other books which claim that the United States is in decline,America’s Fourth Revolutionargues that Americans will struggle over the next decade to form a governing coalition that will guide the nation on a path of renewed dynamism and prosperity.
 

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Índice

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
19
Chapter Three
51
Chapter Four
61
Chapter Five
80
Part Two
104
Chapter Six
106
Chapter Seven
135
Chapter Thirteen
231
Chapter Fourteen
251
Part Four
259
Chapter Fifteen
261
Chapter Sixteen
286
Chapter Seventeen
300
Chapter Eighteen
320
Chapter Nineteen
334

Chapter Eight
150
Chapter Nine
163
Chapter Ten
174
Part Three
194
Chapter Eleven
197
Chapter Twelve
225
Epilogue
349
Acknowledgments
358
Notes
361
Index
371
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Sobre el autor (2015)

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where he directs the Center for the American University. He has served as executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation, and has taught political science at several prominent universities. He is a frequent contributor to various journals and newspapers, includingThe New Criterion, Commentary, and The Weekly Standard. He is the author ofCamelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism. Mr. Piereson lives in New York City.

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