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Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream Paperback – June 2, 2009
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The first three chapters are probably the best and summarize the history of attempted Republican reforms that would attract the working class voter to form a new coalition after the Roosevelt New Deal coalition broke up in the 1960s. They point out that, after 30 years of steady progress, wages for working class people stagnated beginning about 1973. They say little about the high inflation of the Carter years but I remember it well and think it deserves more emphasis because of its terrible effect on affordability of home ownership.
They point out, as does David Frum, that the high crime, high inflation and stagnant economy of the 70s were all mostly solved during the Reagan era and, following that, the working class had less affinity for the Republican party of George Bush.Read more ›
The authors do a great job of describing the enduring appeal of the New Deal in the mid 20th century, emphasizing that it was not only egalitarian but moralistic, then describing the trends that fractured the coalition in the the mid 60s and early 70s. I found their political history to be rich, sharp, subtle, and without precedent. I'm amazed that they could be so sensitive to the motivations and excesses of both the left and the right, yet write with such verve. It's critical but evenhanded, intellectual in the best sense, never dry or academic.
In a world that seems to be a left-right Punch and Judy, an echo chamber of ideologues and bashers, this book provides a space for real dialogue. I'm no fan of GWB, but this book helped me better appreciate his intial intentions (if not his god-awful execution). It also paints a much more convincing picture of the roots of social conservatism in the working class than Thomas Franks' "What's the Matter with Kansas," which makes them look like rubes.Read more ›
In Grand New Party, Douthat and Salam criticize both political parties for forgetting the American working class and letting politics take precedence over solving problems. Yet the authors don't stop there; instead, they quickly move beyond the usual partisan bickering to offer well-crafted answers to problems facing American culture and the economy. Though both authors write from a conservative perspective, they effectively criticize both parties and provide a sound defense for their conservative beliefs and principles.
The authors claim identifying and courting working class voters is essential to each major political party if they hope to win elections. They then set out to explain how Republicans can stay true to conservative principles and win back America's working class by tackling "the threats to working-class prosperity and to the broader American Dream." Quoting Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the authors note the Republican Party needs to focus on being the "the party of Sam's Club" instead of the "party of the country club." When defining the "working class," the authors state this is not a class of poor farmers and factory workers as the Democrats so often categorize it, but a relatively affluent class that could typically be found in administrative, vocational and IT jobs.Read more ›
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With a divorce rate of 57% the American Family is going to be saved? Really? These reactionary halcyon ideas speak to simple times from simple minds. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MediaCritic
Arrived in excellent condition. I was quite interested to obtain after having a very reasoned discussion with one of the authors while flying. Read morePublished 5 months ago by UtahRecluse
The two most important books to read if you are interested in America's modern political trends are this book and the Emerging Democratic Majority. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Jmitch
This is where the party needs to go, and Douthat and Salam are the best young thinkers in the conservative movement.Published on November 30, 2012 by Jordan Cunningham
Douthat and Salam have put together the most serious attempt to date of diagnosing the party's woes and prescribing a plan for its restoration. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Sagar Jethani
This book is like reading the Democratic party's to do list. It's chock full of left wing views, policies and solutions. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Backeast
Grand New Party was a very engaging read and one that I definitely recommend. The book can be split in two with the first part being a political history of the working class from... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Ronald C. Payne
"Grand New Party" provides some great background and good policy ideas. The key idea is to put families, and particularly working families at the center of policy decisions. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Traduttore Traditore
The United States has a lot of problems. On occasion, someone might have a bright idea on how to solve those problems. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Karl Wolff