The Next American Nation by Michael Lind
The New Nationalism And The Fourth American Revolution

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Are we now, or have we ever been, a nation?

As this century comes to a close, debates over immigration policy, racial preferences, and multiculturalism challenge the consensus that formerly grounded our national culture. The question of our national identity is as urgent as it has ever been in our history. Is our society disintegrating into a collection of separate ethnic enclaves, or is there a way that we can forge a coherent, unified identity as we enter the 21st century?

In this "marvelously written, wide-ranging and thought-provoking"* book, Michael Lind provides a comprehensive revisionist view of the American past and offers a concrete proposal for nation-building reforms to strengthen the American future. He shows that the forces of nationalism and the ideal of a trans-racial melting pot need not be in conflict with each other, and he provides a practical agenda for a liberal nationalist revolution that would combine a new color-blind liberalism in civil rights with practical measures for reducing class-based barriers to racial integration.

A stimulating critique of every kind of orthodox opinion as well as a vision of a new "Trans-American" majority, The Next American Nation may forever change the way we think and talk about American identity.

*New York Newsday

About Michael Lind

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Michael Lind is Policy Director of New America's Economic Growth Program and a co-founder of the New America Foundation. His first three books of political journalism and history-The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution; Up From Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America; and Vietnam: The Necessary War-were all selected as New York Times Notable Books. He is also the co-author of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (with Ted Halstead). Mr. Lind has taught at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins and writes frequently for the Financial Times, the New York Times, Democracy Journal, and other publications. He has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN, the Business News Network, The Newshour, and other programs, and he has a weekly column in Salon Magazine. He lives in WHERE?
Published June 4, 2010 by Free Press. 448 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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He has unkind words for current smash-the-welfare-state dogma, remarking that ``the white overclass can afford to be indifferent to the decline of the wages and quality of life of the average American because its members have devised ways to insulate themselves from rotting cities, poor jobs, cru...

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Rich, challenging and sometimes maddening, this broad analysis and agenda for political reform should spark much debate. Lind, a Harper's senior editor, is a lapsed conservative and the current wunder

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The American Conservative

Today’s “nation” — a multicultural mass of people participating in an unstable supranational economy — is a different beast altogether — an empire of money that imports rather than conquers its subjects.

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Mises Institute

Michael Lind's book contains one excellent idea, and several well worth discussion.

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