America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an by Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

By Robert Faulkner, Susan M. Shell

America at Risk gathers unique essays via a extraordinary and bipartisan crew of writers and intellectuals to handle a question that issues to american citizens of each political persuasion: what are the various maximum hazards dealing with the USA this present day? The solutions, which diversity from dwindling political participation to emerging poverty, and faith to empire, upload as much as a useful and well timed portrait of a specific second within the background of yankee ideas.

While the critiques are many, there's a critical subject matter within the booklet: the corrosion of the liberal constitutional order that has lengthy guided the rustic at domestic and overseas. The authors write concerning the demonstrably very important risks the U.S. faces whereas additionally breaking the standard educational barriers: there are chapters at the family members, non secular polarization, immigration, and the economic system, in addition to on governmental and partisan issues.

America at Risk is needed interpreting for all americans alarmed concerning the way forward for their country.


  • 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 technology at Boston College.

"America at Risk is going way past the standard diagnoses of matters debated in public practical immigration, conflict, and debt, to think about the Republic’s founding ideas, and the ways that they've been displaced via more moderen suggestions and behavior in modern the United States. A severe publication for knowing our current condition."
—Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of foreign Political economic system, Johns Hopkins tuition of complicated foreign Studies

"In this penetrating e-book, 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 process. The conclusions are extra unsettling than reassuring---but that's simply because they're sincere and real."
—Norm Ornstein, Resident pupil, American company Institute

"In the midst of overwrought pundits, irate football mothers, and outraged bloggers, it really is tough to tell apart real risks from fake alarms and exact pleading. This publication permits us to take action, in a fashion that is helping us to really take into consideration, not only think worried approximately, threats to these positive aspects of yank society which are worthy cherishing. The authors diversity in ideology and services, yet they're uniformly really appropriate, incisive, and informative. it is a interesting booklet approximately matters that the political process frequently 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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By self-conscious imperialism, please note, I did not mean that the United States should unabashedly proclaim itself an empire and its president an emperor. I merely meant that Americans need to recognize the imperial characteristics of their own power today and, if possible, to learn from the american democracy / 39 achievements and failures of past empires. In other words, it is no longer sensible to maintain the ‹ction that there is something wholly unique about the foreign relations of the United States that sets it apart from all previous great powers.

In brief, America’s matchless in›uence came as the counterweight to, but also the complement of and the replacement for, European domination. In recent years quite a few Americans have been willing to acknowledge as much, even to boast of it, and they have asked their countrymen to resolutely shoulder the burden that was rightfully theirs. These views are not limited to the in-your-face utterances of a few strident columnists. It is a fact, I think, that Americans have now evolved a clearly “colonial” perspective on the world.

S. 65 Finally, and just as important, there is what I have called the American attention de‹cit disorder. Past empires had little dif‹culty in sustaining public support for protracted con›icts. The United States, by contrast, has become markedly worse at this. It took barely eighteen months for a majority of American voters to start telling pollsters at Gallup that they regarded the invasion of Iraq as a mistake. S. forces had arrived en masse, by which time the total number of Americans killed in action was approaching thirty thousand.

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