America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an by Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

By Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

America at Risk gathers unique essays via a exotic and bipartisan team of writers and intellectuals to deal with a query that issues to americans of each political persuasion: what are a few of the maximum hazards dealing with the USA at the present time? The solutions, which diversity from dwindling political participation to emerging poverty, and faith to empire, upload as much as a worthy and well timed portrait of a selected second within the heritage of yank ideas.

While the evaluations are many, there's a imperative topic within the e-book: the corrosion of the liberal constitutional order that has lengthy guided the rustic at domestic and in a foreign country. The authors write in regards to the demonstrably very important risks the U.S. faces whereas additionally breaking the standard educational limitations: there are chapters at the kinfolk, non secular polarization, immigration, and the economic system, in addition to on governmental and partisan issues.

America at Risk is needed examining for all americans alarmed concerning the way forward for their country.


  • Traci Burch
  • James W. Ceaser
  • Robert Faulkner
  • Niall Ferguson
  • William A. Galston
  • Hugh Heclo
  • Pierre Manent
  • Harvey C. Mansfield
  • Peter Rodriguez
  • Kay Lehman Schlozman
  • Susan Shell
  • Peter Skerry
  • James Q. Wilson
  • Alan Wolfe

Robert Faulkner is Professor of Political technological know-how at Boston collage. Susan Shell is Professor of Political technological know-how at Boston College.

"America at Risk is going well past the standard diagnoses of concerns debated in public practical immigration, conflict, and debt, to contemplate the Republic’s founding rules, and the ways that they've been displaced through more moderen recommendations and behavior in modern the United States. A serious e-book for realizing our current condition."
—Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of foreign Political economic system, Johns Hopkins institution of complicated foreign Studies

"In this penetrating booklet, the nation’s best social and political thinkers from around the spectrum take a cautious and no-holds-barred examine the hazards dealing with the yank political approach. The conclusions are extra unsettling than reassuring---but that's simply because they're sincere and real."
—Norm Ornstein, Resident pupil, American company Institute

"In the midst of overwrought pundits, irate football mothers, and outraged bloggers, it truly is tough to differentiate actual hazards from fake alarms and detailed pleading. This ebook permits us to take action, in a fashion that is helping us to really take into consideration, not only consider fearful approximately, threats to these good points of yankee society which are worthy cherishing. The authors variety in ideology and services, yet they're uniformly really appropriate, incisive, and informative. it is a interesting ebook approximately matters that the political approach often ignores or exaggerates."
—Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of presidency and Professor of African and African American reports, Harvard University

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We will extend the frontiers of freedom. . We are working to advance liberty in the broader Middle East because freedom will bring a future of hope and the peace we all want. . Freedom is on the march. 41 In his mind, clearly, there is no contradiction between the ends of global democratization and the means of American military power. The democratizing mission of the United States is distinct from the ambitions of past empires because it is fundamentally altruistic. The dif‹culty is, of course, that President Bush’s ideal of freedom means, on close inspection, the American model of democracy and capitalism.

These views are not limited to the in-your-face utterances of a few strident columnists. It is a fact, I think, that Americans have now evolved a clearly “colonial” perspective on the world. The adjective colonial has this advantage over the more common imperial of acknowledging the ‹liation between European colonial empires and the present American preeminence. I am aware that the word will be felt by many to be very offensive. In any case, I am not writing with an “anticolonialist” animus or intent.

Finally, the social character of an empire—to be precise, the attitudes of the rulers toward the ruled—may vary. At one extreme lies the genocidal empire of National Socialist Germany, intent on the annihilation of speci‹c ethnic groups and the deliberate degradation of others. At the other extreme lies the Roman model of empire, in which citizenship was obtainable under certain conditions regardless of ethnicity. In the middle lies the Victorian model, in which inequalities of economic wealth, social status, and racial hierarchy were mitigated by a general (though certainly not unquali‹ed) principle of equality before the law.

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