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Can this country be saved?

May 13, 2017

I’ve begun research on a new book.  The working title is “Can this country be saved.”  I am attempting to outline what our problems as a political community are and why there is a consensus that America’s civil society is in crisis.

There are four books that I’ll examine closely at the start of my research on this topic.

Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835).

Francis Graham Wilson, Order and Legitimacy (1967)

James Pinkerton, What Comes Next (1993)

James Piereson, Shattered Consensus (2015)

Professor Wilson did not promote his scholarship and has been long forgotten. But half a century ago this erudite philosopher examined the condition of American civil society and explored how 19th century Spanish philosophers addressed problems that were quite similar.

Spain? It will be interesting to see what Professor Wilson discovered.

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