In American Individualism, Margaret Hoover focuses on what we know so far of the Millennial generation of 20- and 30-somethings who voted 2 to 1 for Barack Obama in 2008. The Millennials welcomed the campaigning Obama's theme of hope and change; yet today they often feel ignored and helpless in the Great Recession and the stagnant Obama administration recovery. Margaret Hoover argues that the Millennials are now open to either of the major parties--or to no politics at all--and that the Republicans can gain the loyalty of the next generation of leaders by emphasizing tolerance, certainty and common sense. Margaret Hoover opens her quest with an anecdote from the 2004 election of George W. Bush, when she realized that the Republicans were deaf to the ambitions and assumptions of the youngest voters with issues as critical as same-sex marriage, immigration, and abortion, and she turned to this extended essay to correct the errors. Margaret Hoover is the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover; she speaks carefully of Hebert Hoover's essay by the same title as this book, "American Individualism," which Hoover published in 1922 while he served the Harding administration as Secretary of Commerce. Herbert Hoover meant "American individualism" as a superior form of governance in competition with Communism, socialism, syndicalism, capitalism and autocracy. Margaret Hoover argues that her great-grandfather was an enthusiastic globalist who presented American individualism as an antidote to what he called "will-o'-the wisp of all breeds of socialism" that preaches altruism while it practices a cynical leveling that leaves bosses in charge.
Margaret Hoover emphasizes a reawakening of American individualism to counter the cynicism of the Federal government. Also, she joins her great-grandfather in seeing that American individualism is under assault not only by the dictator powers and the European Utopians but also by American politicians who aggrandize themselves with pious preaching of shared sacrifices, by which they mean higher taxes and fees on the so-called rich. Margaret Hoover is not uniformly rosy about the future: the Great Recession has frightened the young voters, the Millennials, into alienation and drift. Margaret Hoover does lay out a plan for attracting the Millennials with what she calls "competence over ideology." American Individualism is an edgily critical look at what the GOP is not doing or saying to attract the next generation. The elders of the GOP--I am one--will not welcome a change of music, but then growing old and moving on are not easy to accept. American Individualism is an earnest, often contrary, impatient measure of the GOP at the edge of another national election in which it can listen to the voice of Herbert Hoover through his great-granddaughter or it can lose the future electorate to Barack Obama and the Utopians.
No Conservatives have ever saved anything. JFK was a Liberal.. MLK was a Liberal.. Grant was a Liberal.. FDR was a Liberal... Lincoln was a Liberal.. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Republican Jesus And the TeaBaggers
Completely illiterate. I could not finish this book because it was so poorly written. Her premise is hardly new, and her viewpoint is so skewed as be in- credible.Published on November 2, 2012 by renohack
Margaret Hoover explains the ideas of youth so well. I recommend this book to all Republicans and I don't stop there, as all could find it interesting and well written!! Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by anniemarie.bell
People who talk about "individualism" are seemingly unaware of the long history of American collectivism, such as that which exists among corporations The Corporation, and other... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by Preston C. Enright
This book is so poorly constructed and poorly written, I do not know where to start. Hoover does not offer realistic rational why people should pursue her suggestions in politics... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Harald Pfeiffer
Margaret understandably puts up a vigorous defense for her great-grandfather, but I doubt he would appreciate some of her new millennial thinking, especially her advocacy for... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Porter
Ms. Hoover makes many valid and relevant points which need to be addressed by the Conservative wing of the Republican Pary. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Annette Baker
Sorry but Hoover is not a conservative much like McCain or Peggy Noonan. All supported Obama and have no credibility. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by ultra1000