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The age of grievance / Frank Bruni.

Bruni, Frank (author.).

The twists and turns of American politics are unpredictable, but the tone is a troubling given. It’s one of grievance. More and more Americans are convinced that they’re losing because somebody else is winning. More and more tally their slights, measure their misfortune, and assign particular people responsibility for it. The blame game has become the country’s most popular sport and victimhood its most fashionable garb. Grievance needn’t be bad. It has done enormous good. The United States is a nation born of grievance, and across the nearly two hundred and fifty years of our existence as a country, grievance has been the engine of morally urgent change. But what happens when all sorts of grievances—the greater ones, the lesser ones, the authentic, the invented—are jumbled together? When people take their grievances to lengths that they didn’t before? A violent mob storms the US Capitol, rejecting the results of a presidential election. Conspiracy theories flourish. Fox News knowingly peddles lies in the service of profit. College students chase away speakers, and college administrators dismiss instructors for dissenting from progressive orthodoxy. Benign words are branded hurtful; benign gestures are deemed hostile. And there’s a potentially devastating erosion of the civility, common ground, and compromise necessary for our democracy to survive.
"From bestselling author and longtime New York Times columnist Frank Bruni comes a lucid, powerful examination of the ways in which grievance has come to define our current culture and politics, on both the right and left"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781668016435
  • ISBN: 1668016435
  • ISBN: 9781668016442
  • ISBN: 1668016443
  • Physical Description: vii, 269 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Avid Reader Press, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-269).
Formatted Contents Note:
Let me tell you how I've been wronged -- A good word spoiled -- Grievance now versus grievance then -- The lost shimmer of the city on the hill -- I love me, I hate you, and we are so many rungs apart -- Chaos, clicks, and catastrophe -- The oppression Olympics -- The price is not right -- Don't be a stranger -- The antidote.
Subject: Political culture > United States.
Social justice > United States.
Political parties > United States.
Political participation > United States.

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RACC New - JA75.7 .B77 2024 (Text) 33624024976928 New Checked Out 07/29/2024

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