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By Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

ISBN-10: 0472116681

ISBN-13: 9780472116683

America at Risk gathers unique essays by way of a extraordinary and bipartisan staff of writers and intellectuals to handle a query that concerns to american citizens of each political persuasion: what are a few of the maximum hazards dealing with the US at the present time? The solutions, which variety 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 yankee ideas.

While the critiques are many, there's a critical subject matter within the ebook: the corrosion of the liberal constitutional order that has lengthy guided the rustic at domestic and in another country. The authors write in regards to the demonstrably vital risks the U.S. faces whereas additionally breaking the standard educational obstacles: there are chapters at the family members, non secular polarization, immigration, and the financial system, in addition to on governmental and partisan issues.

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

Contributors

  • 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 technology at Boston university. Susan Shell is Professor of Political technology at Boston College.

"America at Risk is going way past the standard diagnoses of concerns debated in public real looking immigration, struggle, and debt, to contemplate the Republic’s founding rules, and the ways that they've been displaced via more moderen techniques and conduct in modern the US. A serious e-book for realizing our current condition."
—Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of foreign Political economic system, Johns Hopkins institution of complex foreign Studies

"In this penetrating ebook, 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 yankee political process. 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 really is tough to differentiate actual risks from fake alarms and specified pleading. This e-book allows us to take action, in a manner that is helping us to really take into consideration, not only think nervous approximately, threats to these good points of yankee society which are worthy cherishing. The authors diversity in ideology and services, yet they're uniformly really apt, incisive, and informative. this can be a attention-grabbing booklet 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 stories, Harvard University

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As the innocent, or the cynical, or the cheering, or the jeering bystander? As the sleeping-partner? As the dumb gawker? Europe’s morose passivity is as dependent on America’s propensity to sometimes imprudent hyperactivity as America’s position of sole superpower is dependent on Europe’s former domination. Let us have a look at the Security Council, the Chamber of our recent Discontents. American commentators and representatives have readily underlined the fact that, because of its current makeup, France wields a disproportionate diplomatic power that her diminished circumstances do not warrant.

S. 5 percent of income to below zero. For demographic reasons Americans need to be saving much more than this. According to the United Nations’ intermediate projections, male life expectancy in the United States will rise from seventy-‹ve to eighty between now and 2050. The share of the american democracy / 41 American population that is aged sixty-‹ve or over will rise from 12 percent to nearly 21 percent. 59 But the evidence is that only a minority of Americans have made adequate private provision for their retirement.

As its heart and soul are more and more hollowed out, Europe fancies itself as the matrix of a new humanity. As for the United States, its explicit purpose of building an absolute and de‹nitive superiority over the rest of the world is less expressive of a renewed selfcon‹dence than of a growing and disturbing spiritual autarchy. While on the transatlantic predicament / 27 both sides of the Atlantic we indulge in orgies of differently accented but equally fervid self-righteousness, our achievements have become more and more mechanical, predicated on the common assumption that through the application of the right means, through organization and investments, we will make ourselves and others the happy inhabitants of the earth.

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