The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism

The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism

by Yuval Levin


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A National Review Best Book of the Year

Americans today are anxious—about the economy, about politics, about our government. The institutions that once dominated our culture have become smaller, more diverse, and personalized. Individualism has come at the cost of dwindling solidarity. No wonder, then, that voters and politicians alike are nostalgic for a time of social cohesion and economic success.

But the policies of the past are inadequate to the America of today. Both parties are stuck presenting old solutions to new problems. In The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin details his innovative answers to the dysfunctions of our fragmented national life. By embracing subsidiarity and diversity and rejecting extremism and nostalgia, he believes we can revive the middle layers of society and enable an American revival.

Updated with a new epilogue, Levin helps us navigate our fraught political waters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465093243
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 232,361
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Yuval Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the founder and editor of National Affairs. He is a former White House and congressional staffer and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. He lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Part I: Out of One, Many

1. Blinded by Nostalgia
2. The Age of Conformity
3. The Age of Frenzy
4. The Age of Anxiety

Part II: The Next American

5. The Unbundled Market
6. Subculture Wars
7. One Nation, After All

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