Progressives everywhere, wake up and look alive! E. J. Dionne brings good news. Dionne analyzes the recent political chaos and concludes that it's due to Americans moving towards a New Progressive Era, not towards a New Right. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Despite the title, this book is less a contrarian projection of the future than a savvy if incomplete analysis of our current political landscape. Washington Post columnist Dionne (Why Americans Hate Politics) suggests that our current political chaos derives from multiple crises-of economics, politics, morality and our national purpose-with interesting parallels to upheavals the country faced in the late 19th century, culminating in the first Progressive era. And the "Anxious Middle"-the swing group in elections-is pandered to, says the author, by both parties. He goes on to suggest that President Clinton, even without his gaffes, would have faced intractable divisions within his party, that Newt Gingrich represents a new breed of technology-oriented conservatism and that journalism must adapt to promote a more serious level of debate. Dionne argues quite plausibly that the new conservatism will fail because it "seeks to define away" the problems we face, yet his vision of a new Progressivism ignores some practical steps, such as a move away from identity politics, that must presage such change. Author tour.
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Over and over again Dionne inappropriately attempts clumsily to parallel modern politics, circumstances and consequences with ancient history. Read morePublished on August 25, 2003 by John R. McCommas
E.J. Dionne's central thesis that the new (new?) Republican majority's philosophy in Congress is a throwback halfway to America's colonial times is this book's first -- and most... Read morePublished on August 18, 2003 by John R. McCommas
E.J. Dionne is such a fine writer and historian that one can be forgiven for believing, for wanting to believe, that the self-flagellating and pusillanimous lot that is the... Read morePublished on June 20, 2003 by Smoten