Modern Jeremiahs

Modern Jeremiahs : Contemporary Visions of American Decline

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This book identifies where modern Jeremiahs place the sources of national decline and their purposed solutions and its analysis also reveals the central problem faced by this form of writing: the need to balance condemnation of certain practices within the democratic polity with calls for repentance. For these writers and political actors, the tensions created by these demands prove impossible to resolve, as the modern jeremiad further divides an already divided nation.show more

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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073912191X
  • 9780739121917

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Modern Jeremiahs explores America's favorite narrative - the dire warning of terrible decline. We've been going to hell in a hand basket since the Puritans arrived. But, as Jendrysik artfully demonstrates, our tales of woe have profoundly changed - and with far reaching consequences. Elegant, engaging, infuriating, funny, insightful and highly recommended. -- James Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History and professor of political science, Brown University A useful examination of the prominent themes of neoconservative social and political thought of the past several decades and an effective criticism of the dangers of this form of political thought. Recommended. CHOICE, January 2009 Modern Jeremiahs draws attention to a prominent yet puzzling fixture of contemporary political argument: the narrative of decline at a time of significant economic and military strength. While carefully rooted in the history of American political thought, this highly engaging study focuses on the appeal of such rhetoric in the last two decades among commentators on both right and left. Jendrysik invites us to look more carefully at the multiple uses of the jeremiad and ultimately at its serious limitations in prompting social change. -- Albert W. Dzur, associate professor of political science, Bowling Green State Universityshow more

About Mark Stephen Jendrysik

Mark Stephen Jendrysik is chair of the department of political science and public administration at the University of North Dakota and author of Explaining the English Revolution: Hobbes and His Contemporaries.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 Table of Contents Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 1 America in Decline: An Idea Whose Time Has Always Come Chapter 5 2 The Styles of the American Jeremiah Chapter 6 3 Allan Bloom: Founding Father of the Modern Jeremiad Chapter 7 4 Culture Warriors vs. the Boomers and Bill Clinton Chapter 8 5 Bill O'Reilly and Michael Moore: Populist Jeremiahs Chapter 9 6 Nativist Jeremiahs Chapter 10 7 Jeremiah and Jihad: 9/11 and American Decline Chapter 11 8 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Ambivalent Jeremiah? Chapter 12 9 The Jeremiad and American Democracy Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Authorshow more

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