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By Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

ISBN-10: 0472116681

ISBN-13: 9780472116683

America at Risk gathers unique essays through a unique and bipartisan crew of writers and intellectuals to handle a query that concerns to american citizens of each political persuasion: what are a few of the maximum risks dealing with the US this day? The solutions, which diversity from dwindling political participation to emerging poverty, and faith to empire, upload as much as a invaluable and well timed portrait of a selected second within the heritage of yank ideas.

While the evaluations are many, there's a relevant topic within the booklet: the corrosion of the liberal constitutional order that has lengthy guided the rustic at domestic and in another country. The authors write concerning the demonstrably very important hazards the us faces whereas additionally breaking the standard educational limitations: there are chapters at the relations, non secular polarization, immigration, and the economic climate, in addition to on governmental and partisan issues.

America at Risk is needed studying for all american citizens alarmed in regards to 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 technological know-how at Boston collage. Susan Shell is Professor of Political technological know-how at Boston College.

"America at Risk is going well past the standard diagnoses of concerns debated in public realistic immigration, warfare, and debt, to contemplate the Republic’s founding ideas, and the ways that they've been displaced via more moderen techniques and behavior in modern the United States. A serious booklet for knowing our current condition."
—Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of overseas Political economic system, Johns Hopkins university of complicated 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 yank political procedure. The conclusions are extra unsettling than reassuring---but that's simply because they're sincere and real."
—Norm Ornstein, Resident student, American company Institute

"In the midst of overwrought pundits, irate football mothers, and outraged bloggers, it truly is tough to differentiate real risks from fake alarms and designated pleading. This ebook permits us to take action, in a fashion that is helping us to really take into consideration, not only suppose nervous approximately, threats to these positive aspects of yank society which are worthy cherishing. The authors variety in ideology and services, yet they're uniformly really apt, incisive, and informative. it is a interesting publication 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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But it is the whole system of the Security Council that is lopsided to the advantage of the Western powers, including the United States. A fair “representation of the world” would make room for India, for Japan, for Brazil, and would ‹nd a slot, I suppose, for the billion of Muslims. The system is replicated and aggravated in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which gives exorbitant privileges to the ‹ve nuclear-weapon states: Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States. ” At the same time, there is no doubt that the architecture of the treaty is based on the undiluted right of the stronger.

I am aware that the word will be felt by many to be very offensive. In any case, I am not writing with an “anticolonialist” animus or intent. 20 / america at risk Through its mighty contributions to the allied victories in the two world wars, through the decisive role it played in the elaboration of a new and better international order in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the United States became what I would like to call an instrument of government for the whole world. That was an admirable achievement, through the soundness of the perspectives and the staying power of the institutions then put into place.

I have dwelt at length on the role played by the “European construction” in the immobilization of Europe. Another factor I cannot leave unmentioned. It is of course the rapid aging of the European population. It is a general phenomenon in the developed world, but some European nations—especially Germany, Spain, and Italy—face bleak prospects on this the transatlantic predicament / 19 score. What future for countries that are growing old at the same clip so to speak as individual human beings? Having deliberately cut themselves off from their past, obscurely wondering whether they have any future at all, the European nations are glued to their comfortable present.

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