The Moral Center by David Callahan
How We Can Reclaim Our Country from Die-Hard Extremists, Rogue Corporations, Hollywood Hacks, and Pretend Patriots

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Nothing’s the matter with Kansas: Americans voting their values are responding to a real moral crisis. And in this forceful follow-up to The Cheating Culture, David Callahan argues that the problems for most Americans are not abortion and gay marriage but rather issues that neither party is addressing—the selfishness that is careening out of control, the effect of our violent and consumerist culture on children, and our lack of a greater purpose. As Republicans veer into zealotry, liberals can find common ground with the moderate majority. But to alleviate the moral anxieties that drove GOP electoral victories they need a powerful new vision. In The Moral Center, Callahan articulates that vision and offers an escape from the dead-end culture war. With insights garnered from in-depth research and interviews, he examines some of our most polarized conflicts and presents unexpected solutions that lay out a new road map to the American center.



About David Callahan

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David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has also pub-lished articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post and is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He lives in New York City.
Published February 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 284 pages
Genres: History, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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(Callahan argues that progressives must break their link with Hollywood and its well-funded lobbying for free markets.) Opposition to abortion could be channeled into demands that schools provide comprehensive sex education and birth control on the European model.

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After discussing the widespread willingness of Americans to cut ethical corners in The Cheating Culture , Callahan probes deeper, to get at the underlying causes of the nation's moral anxiety, and winds up blaming the free-market economy.

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