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Author Steele, Shelby, author.

Title Shame : how America's past sins have polarized our country / Shelby Steele.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    305.8009 STE    Available
Description vii, 198 pages ; 22 cm
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Contents The Great Divide -- A collision -- Hypocrisy -- The moral asymmetry of hypocrisy -- The compounding of hypocrisy -- Characterological evil -- "The Battle of Algiers" -- No past, no future -- America's "characterological evil" : a pillar of identity -- The denouement -- After evil, "the good" -- The new liberalism -- Dissociation -- Relativism and anti-Americanism -- The culture -- Conservatism : the new counterculture -- A politics of idealism -- Liberalism is beautiful, but conservatism is freedom.
Summary "The United States today is hopelessly polarized; the political Right and Left have hardened into rigid and deeply antagonistic camps, preventing any sort of progress. Amid the bickering and inertia, the promise of the 1960s--when we came together as a nation to fight for equality and universal justice--remains unfulfilled. As Shelby Steele reveals in Shame, the roots of this impasse can be traced back to that decade of protest, when in the act of uncovering and dismantling our national hypocrisies--racism, sexism, militarism--liberals internalized the idea that there was something inauthentic, if not evil, in the America character. Since then, liberalism has been wholly concerned with redeeming modern American from the sins of the past, and has derived its political legitimacy from the premise of a morally bankrupt nation. The result has been a half-century of well-intentioned but ineffective social programs, such as affirmative action. Steele shows that not only have these programs failed, but they have in almost every case actively harmed America's minorities and poor. Ultimately, Steele argues, post-1960s liberalism has utterly failed to achieve its stated aim: true equality. Liberals, intending to atone for our past sins, have ironically perpetuated the exploitation of this country's least fortunate citizens. Steele reasons that it therefore falls to the Right to defend the American dream. Only by reviving our founding principles of individual freedom and merit-based competition can the fraught legacy of American history be redeemed, and only through freedom can we ever hope to reach equality"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Equality -- United States.
Discrimination -- United States.
Minorities -- United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Race relations.
United States -- Social policy.
United States -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9780465066971 (hardback) : $25.99
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