A prominent conservative scholar traces the post-1960s divisions between the Right and the Left, taking aim at liberals´ victimization of African Americans and their failure to offer a viable way forward for American society. The United States today is hopelessly polarized; the political Right and Left have hardened into rigid and deeply antagonistic camps, preventing any sort of progress. Amid the bickering and inertia, the promise of the 1960s--when we came together as a nation to fight for equality and universal justice--remains unfulfilled. As Shelby Steele reveals in Shame, the roots of this impasse can be traced back to that decade of protest, when in the act of uncovering and dismantling our national hypocrisies--racism, sexism, militarism--liberals internalized the idea that there was something inauthentic, if not evil, in the American character. Since then, liberalism has been wholly concerned with redeeming modern America from the sins of the past and has derived its political legitimacy from the premise of a morally bankrupt America. The result has been a half century of well-intentioned but ineffective social programs, such as Affirmative Action. Steele reveals that not only have these programs failed, but they have in almost every case actively harmed America´s minorities and poor. Ultimately, Steele argues, post-´60s liberalism has utterly failed to achieve its stated aim: true equality. Liberals, intending to atone for our past sins, have ironically perpetuated the exploitation of this country´s least fortunate citizens. It therefore falls to the Right to defend the American dream. Only by reviving our founding principles of individual freedom and merit-based competition can the fraught legacy of American history be redeemed, and only through freedom can we ever hope to reach equality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randall Bain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006791/bk_brll_006791_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Think about the last time you tried to talk with someone about political, social, or environmental issues who didn´t already agree with you. How well did it go? These conversations are vital, but too often they get stuck, or we avoid them entirely. We retreat to our camps, frustrated that we can´t move our cause forward. What if, in these difficult conversations, we could stay true to ourselves while enriching relationships and creating powerful pathways forward? What if our divergent values provided healthy fuel for dialogue and innovation instead of gridlock and polarization? Jason Jay and Gabriel Grant show listeners that when we carefully examine the moments in which conversations get stuck, we discover some hidden baggage we all carry. We hold assumptions and judgments about the ´´other side´´ that block communication. We treasure the comfort of being among allies, even at the expense of being effective. The authors help us acknowledge our inner contradictions to free us up where we otherwise get stuck so we can powerfully share with anyone, anywhere, what really matters and together find solutions that work for all. Breaking Through Gridlock invites us into a spirit of serious play, laughing at ourselves while moving from self-reflection to action. Through a series of six practical steps with proven exercises and rich examples, this interactive book walks listeners through a process of transforming paralysis and effecting positive change in their families, organizations, communities, or movements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Dheere. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085685/bk_acx0_085685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a culture of outrage and siloing, social media is the go-to place to attack and to hide. Users rant and vent, and they huddle in like-minded silos. Social media encourages impulsive and angry responses to tweets or posts that irritate us. It also allows us to avoid challenges to our conventional wisdom. We can block, unfriend, and hunker down in private groups. Social media has so far aggravated, rather than helped to cure, ideological polarization and partisanship. Is there a higher and better use? Facebook is the largest forum in the history of humankind for free and open communication among citizens. It can be used to engage in meaningful conversations about important political, social, and economic issues. The choice is ours to make. As is demonstrated in Jeff Rasley´s latest book, ´´regular folks” can use their social networks for civil discussion and debate, and then for positive political action. Or, they can follow the lead of President Trump to tweet insults and ridicule political opponents. Who do we want to be as a nation? The Case for Civility exposes the causes and effects of hyper-partisanship. It offers a ´´modest proposal´´ to treat the symptoms of toxic polarization using social media. An experiment in Facebook based on the values of civility, tolerance, pragmatism, and moderation proves there is a cure. Rasley is the author of nine other books, including Godless - Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs and Bringing Progress to Paradise, a memoir about adventure and philanthropy in the Nepal Himalayas. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Robinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103186/bk_acx0_103186_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forty years ago, two women´s movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies. Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 (The New Yorker) as saying the National Women´s Conference in 1977 ´´may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about.´´ After the United Nations established International Women´s Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women´s Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights - then a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women´s movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a pro-family movement. Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. Divided We Stand reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women´s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values. The women´s rights movement and the conservative women´s movement have irrevocably affected the course of modern American history. We cannot fully understand the present without appreciating the pivotal events that transpired in Houston and thereafter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029497/bk_adbl_029497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alan I. Abramowitz has emerged as a leading spokesman for the view that our current political divide is not confined to a small group of elites and activists but a key feature of the American social and cultural landscape. The polarization of the political and media elites, he argues, arose and persists because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Here, he goes further: The polarization is unique in modern US history. Today´s party divide reflects an unprecedented alignment of many different divides: racial and ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic. Abramowitz tells how the partisan alignment arose out of the breakup of the old New Deal coalition; introduces the most important difference between our current era and past eras, the rise of ´´negative partisanship´´; explains how this phenomenon paved the way for the Trump presidency; and examines why our polarization could even grow deeper. This statistically based analysis tells that racial anxiety is by far a better predictor of support for Donald Trump than any other factor, including economic discontent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Heitsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012067/bk_tant_012067_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Your own position on the polarity spectrum will play a big part in determining the sort of effort and vitality you invest in your occupation or business. As a common rule, polarized individuals are far more ambitious and driven than non-polarized individuals. Get all the info you need here. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Remington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027502/bk_acx0_027502_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When did we retreat to our Red and Blue Facebook pages? It´s not just that America is politically polarized. We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. That isolation is breeding an ugly, seething hatred of the other side that feels poisonous and dispiriting. So what can we do? In this hour, we hear how conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes lost his faith in the GOP and why a former CEO of NPR left his liberal bubble. Also, how Black Twitter has created its own safe space. [Broadcast Date: November 8, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/171108/rt_tbon_171108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In an increasingly polarized society, and in the midst of seemingly endless culture wars, our civil discourse appears to be in shambles. What are we to do? If a lack of conversation is the primary culprit of the current state, then perhaps intentionally engaging in debate and discussion will lead us in the right direction. From race and police brutality, to concepts of beauty and the body, to sex and dating, Let´s Agree to Disagree is an endeavor to revive cultural dialogues from hostility to civility. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Je Nie Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028307/bk_adbl_028307_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Vietnam War remains one of the most iconic events of the 20th century. In the United States, it polarized public opinion and changed foreign policy. It destroyed the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and was the catalyst for a massively impactful protest movement. More importantly, in Vietnam, as well as surrounding areas, it caused untold destruction, death, and suffering. Inside you will haer about... Vietnam’s Past Exit the French The United States and Ngo Dinh Diem The Resistance War Against America Begins ´´Americanization” The American Home Front Vietnamization and President Nixon The End of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath Millions of Vietnamese and Cambodian people were killed, and many - including Americans - remain missing. Its origins lie in Europe’s colonial conquests, and its legacies endure to this day. Listen to this comprehensive, concise history of the Vietnam War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119938/bk_acx0_119938_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.