The Central Liberal Truth

Author: Lawrence E. Harrison
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019533180X
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Looks at social values around the world and how each nation's culture has affected it's political and economic progress.

What Is Your Ten Minutes Worth

Author: Sovathana Sokhom
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781456872373
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I hope you will enjoy reading articles in this book as much as I did. I hope the book will inspire and have positive impact on your realizing your potential and capability and inspire you to do something that you haven’t tried before. Each of you came across this book as I did come across Dr. Peang-Meth’s first article by chance—but it is by choice that I put his articles together into a book, and I hope that you, by choice, too, will own this book. All proceeds from the book will contribute to further promote other Khmer scholars’ writings in the social science field so that their scholarships, their visions, can be shared and used to contribute to nation-building of the Khmer motherland. Furthermore, it is my hope to augment the understanding of Khmer intergenerations—the elder Khmer scholars who survived Pol Pot’s killing fields and the young Khmer scholars who are faced with national and international challenge in the twenty-first century—both groups that need to explore and exchange what are the “Khmer” that they have in common, in interests and values, to build peace and security, promote democracy and economic growth for all Khmers in Cambodia, as well as for the people in less developed and developing countries, so they can enjoy “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” and realize their potential and capacity to compete within their countries, between nation-states in the regions, and in the world. Sovathana Sokhom

American Culture In Peril

Author: Charles W. Dunn
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813136024
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Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan rode a wave of patriotism to the White House by calling for a return to what he considered to be traditional American values--personal liberty, free markets, and limited government. After the cultural struggles and generational clashes of the 1960s and 70s, it appeared that many Americans were eager to abide by Reagan's set of core American principles. Yet, despite Reagan's continuing popularity, modern America remains widely perceived as a nation weakened by its divisions. While debates over cultural values have been common throughout the country's history, they seem particularly vitriolic today. Some argue that these differences have resulted in a perpetually gridlocked government caught between left and right, red states and blue. Since the American Founding, commonly shared cultural values have been considered to be the glue that would bind the nation's citizens together. However, how do we identify, define and interpret the foundations of American culture in a profoundly divided, pluralistic country? In American Culture in Peril, Charles W. Dunn assembles top scholars and public intellectuals to examine Reagan's impact on American culture in the twenty-first century. The contributors assess topics vital to our conversations about American culture and society, including changing views of the family, the impact of popular culture, and the evolving relationship between religion, communities, and the state. Others investigate modern liberalism and the possibilities of reclaiming a renewed conservatism today. American Culture in Peril illuminates Reagan's powerful legacy and investigates whether his traditional view of American culture can successfully compete in postmodern America. Contributors Hadley Arkes Paul A. Cantor Allan Carlson Jean Bethke Elshtain Charles R. Kesler Wilfred M. McClay Ken Myers

No Right Turn

Author: David T. Courtwright
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674058445
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Few question the “right turn” America took after 1966, when liberal political power began to wane. But if they did, No Right Turn suggests, they might discover that all was not really “right” with the conservative golden age. A provocative overview of a half century of American politics, the book takes a hard look at the counterrevolutionary dreams of liberalism’s enemies—to overturn people’s reliance on expanding government, reverse the moral and sexual revolutions, and win the Culture War—and finds them largely unfulfilled. David T. Courtwright deftly profiles celebrated and controversial figures, from Clare Boothe Luce, Barry Goldwater, and the Kennedy brothers to Jerry Falwell, David Stockman, and Lee Atwater. He shows us Richard Nixon’s keen talent for turning popular anxieties about morality and federal meddling to Republican advantage—and his inability to translate this advantage into reactionary policies. Corporate interests, boomer lifestyles, and the media weighed heavily against Nixon and his successors, who placated their base with high-profile attacks on crime, drugs, and welfare dependency. Meanwhile, religious conservatives floundered on abortion and school prayer, obscenity, gay rights, and legalized vices like gambling, and fiscal conservatives watched in dismay as the bills mounted. We see how President Reagan’s mélange of big government, strong defense, lower taxes, higher deficits, mass imprisonment, and patriotic symbolism proved an illusory form of conservatism. Ultimately, conservatives themselves rebelled against George W. Bush’s profligate brand of Reaganism. Courtwright’s account is both surprising and compelling, a bracing argument against some of our most cherished clichés about recent American history.

Islam S Predicament With Modernity

Author: Bassam Tibi
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134013418
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Islam's Predicament with Modernity presents an in-depth cultural and political analysis of the issue of political Islam as a potential source of tensions and conflict, and how this might be peacefully resolved. Looking at the issue of modernity from an Islamic point of view, the author examines the role of culture and religion in Muslim society under conditions of globalisation, and analyses issues such as law, knowledge and human rights. He engages a number of significant studies on political Islam and draws on detailed case studies, rejecting the approaches of both Orientalists and apologists and calling instead for a genuine Islamic pluralism that accepts the equality of others. Situating modernity as a Western product at the crux of his argument, he argues that a separation of religion and politics is required, which presents a challenge to the Islamic worldview. This critical analysis of value conflicts, tensions and change in the Islamic world will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of international relations, social theory, political science, religion, Islamic studies and Middle Eastern studies.

The Pursuit Of Liberty

Author: James Piereson
Editor: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594033528
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A collection of 10 essays that have appeared in The American Spectator over the last year. Authors include James Q. Wilson, Norman Podhoretz, Andrew Roberts, Victor Davis Hanson, James Kurth, Lawrence E. Harrison, Daniel Johnson, Fouad Ajami, Natan Sharansky, and Micahel Novak. The Essayists examine how the ideals of liberty and limited government, operating in the related spheres of politics, economics, and religion, can be promoted around the world and adapted to contemporary challenges

Income Inequality In Capitalist Democracies

Author: Vicki L. Birchfield
Editor: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271034416
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"Examines patterns of income inequality among 16 advanced democracies from the mid 1970s to the early 2000s and explains why some societies have a large and growing divide between the rich and the poor while others, facing similar global economic pressures, maintain more egalitarian income distributions"--Provided by publisher.

Two Wands One Nation

Author: Richard D. Lamm
Editor: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781555915858
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An exploration of race, culture, and community in twenty-first-century America.

Jews Confucians And Protestants

Author: Lawrence E. Harrison
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442219637
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In Jews, Confucians, and Protestants: Cultural Capital and the End of Multiculturalism, Lawrence E. Harrison takes the politically incorrect stand that not all cultures are created equally. Analyzing the performance of 117 countries, grouped by predominant religion, Harrison argues for the superiority of those cultures that emphasize Jewish, Confucian, or Protestant values.

Christian Nation A Novel

Author: Frederic C. Rich
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393240347
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“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.” So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?"