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作者 Tomasky, Michael, 1960- author
書名 If we can keep it : how the republic collapsed and how it might be saved / Michael Tomasky
出版項 New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2019]
©2019
國際標準書號 9781631494086 (hardback)
1631494082 (hardback)
book jacket
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 人社中心  JK1726 T66 2019    在架上    30560400654460
版本 First edition
說明 xxvii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-258) and index
"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
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
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, the Depression and World War II, were 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. Tomasky shows that, in the twenty-first century, our two political parties have grown not just further apart but have become different creatures entirely. He offers an agenda for how we can help fix our broken political system, and points us toward a more hopeful political future. -- adapted from jacket
主題 Political culture -- United States
Polarization (Social sciences) -- Political aspects -- United States
Political participation -- United States
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Social groups -- Political aspects
Political participation -- United States
United States -- Politics and government
HISTORY / United States / 21st Century. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections. bisacsh
Political culture. fast (OCoLC)fst01069263
Political participation. fast (OCoLC)fst01069386
Politics and government. fast (OCoLC)fst01919741
United States. fast (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States. (NL-LeOCL)078939836 gtt
89.53 political culture. (NL-LeOCL)077613104 nbc
Political culture -- United States. sears
Political participation -- United States. sears
United States -- Politics and government. sears
2000-2099 fast
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Alt Title How the republic collapsed and how it might be saved
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