The Monarchy of Fear by Martha C. Nussbaum
A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis

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That is one of several noble notions in this book. Everyone who still believes we can rescue the republic should embrace all of them. “Hope really is a choice,” says the author, “and a practical habit.”
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From one of the world’s most celebrated moral philosophers comes a thorough examination of the current political crisis and recommendations for how to mend our divided country.

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized American since the 2016 election.

Although today’s atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame. Blame of immigrants. Blame of Muslims. Blame of other races. Blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right.

Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles this web of feelings and provides a roadmap of where to go next.
 

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Published July 3, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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on Apr 11 2018

Nothing would do more to eradicate fear of the other, she argues, though she acknowledges that America at the moment would be too scared to pull it off. An engaging and inviting study of humanity’s long-standing fear of the other.

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Reviewed by Charles Kaiser on Jul 29 2018

That is one of several noble notions in this book. Everyone who still believes we can rescue the republic should embrace all of them. “Hope really is a choice,” says the author, “and a practical habit.”

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