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The Dream & the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass Paperback – April 1, 2000
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To read Magnet is to realize that the conservative critique of contemporary America is the more-- indeed the only-- radical critique just now.”
George F. Will
The book of the decade the most insightful analysis of what has gone wrong in America during the past thirty years I’ve seen.”
Mona Charen, syndicated columnist
It is rare for a single short book to case such penetrating light on the world in which we live that it instantly becomes an indispensable guide to the outstanding question of the day The Dream and the Nightmare is a work of this extraordinary kind.”
Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion
An absorbing tale of how the honorable intentions of liberal do-gooders produced tragic consequences. It is also at heart a profoundly optimistic book Many writers have addressed this topic in recent years but few have done so with more wisdom or more passion than Mr. Magnet.”
The Wall Street Journal
Guaranteed non-PC from beginning to end.”
This superbly written and well argued book should stimulate discussions across the breadth of the political spectrum.”
A powerful analysis of the ties between 1960s-era intellectual trends and contemporary urban social breakdown.”
New York Post
It is a superb book, thoughtful and impassioned.”
A masterly overview that yields extraordinary explanatory power.”
Carolyn Lochhead, Reason
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Top Customer Reviews
Magnet traces all of our current social problems- from crime to drug addiction, broken families to pregnant teenagers to school violence - to the liberal social experimentation of the Sixties and early Seventies, using pure a priori logic, not demagoguery.
Additionally he shows how those once radical ideas have become our mainstream, unquestioned assumptions, the very Establishment itself; conservatives are now the radicals shaking up the system.
Enormously enlightening for anyone who really wants to understand our current social predicaments.
For those in the middle class, this really is a puzzle. The answers seem so obvious. Get a job; gain work experience in order to climb the ladder; do not expect something for nothing; be selective about who you have sex with and use those precautions necessary to minimize unwanted pregnancies; when you do have kids, read to them and oversee their upbringing so that they can properly interact with others; and if you do take drugs, well, just make it the occasional joint, don't get all crazy there. The answer Magnet reaches has less to do with policy and more to do with philosophy. THE DREAM AND THE NIGHTMARE is a manifesto to the concept that ideas have consequences.
Magnet points to the significant paradigm shift of the 1960s, in which many elites thought it was progressive, even compassionate, to denigrate traditional notions of morality and the American way of life.Read more ›
The liberations promoted by the counter-culturalists - sexual, personal, political, economic - did not liberate. Instead, they enslaved people. Says Magnet, the no-fault way in which the counter-culturalist conducted his personal life was "mirrored by his no-fault social policy, all rights and entitlements without responsibilities".
These counterculture values had a very real bearing on the issue of poverty. The traditional values that either prevented poverty or helped one escape from poverty - thrift, hard work, responsibility, deferral of gratification, sobriety - were eschewed. In their place were enshrined the values of hedonism, sensualism and selfishness. These values can only entrap, not liberate. As Irving Kristol put it, "It's hard to rise above poverty if society keeps deriding the human qualities that allow you to escape from it."
Take the sexual revolution for example. The reshaped values of the sexual revolution were directly responsible for the breakdown of families, for easy divorce, for illegitimacy, for sole-parent households. Not that these problems didn't exist before the onset of the sexual revolution, but they were certainly exacerbated and compounded by it.
The new culture, as Magnet explains, "permitted, even celebrated, behavior that, when poor people practice it, will imprison them inextricably in poverty.Read more ›
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Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 10 months ago by Norman Eng
Chronicles the decline of morals and the rise of the underclass stemming from social reforms starting in the sixties. Government stepping in when bad moral judgements are made. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rich O.
I read this book years ago and never forgot the title and the truths it tells. It lays Johnson's Great Society and liberalism to waste so effectively that anyone who's given it... Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Cantrell
A little old but right on the money but some feelings might be hurt. . One of the few books that looks on the othr side of the coin.Published on May 1, 2014 by Duncan Hall
This has to be required reading for everyone. Exceptionally well written. Worth every dime I spent on it.
As a psychotherapist who specialized in working with the homeless and addicted, and also developed programs for the homeless in Boston that were often sabotaged by well meaning... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Stuart
When I first read the book, I enjoyed it thoroughly and agreed totally with Manet's indictment of the liberals as largely responsible for the creation of the intractable... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by John Samsvick
Let me see if I understand this... The main problem with the Black underclass is that they're following in the footsteps of Woodstock -- that they've come under the evil influence... Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by Mitchell in Oakland
I was particularly interested in the sections on the 'homeless'. I spent some five years working in this field. Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by David's