The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1996 - Political Science - 276 pages
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"[A] passionate, compelling, and disturbing argument that the ills of democracy in the United States today arise from the default of its elites." —John Gray, New York Times Book Review (front-page review)

In a front-page review in the Washington Post Book World, John Judis wrote: "Political analysts have been poring over exit polls and precinct-level votes to gauge the meaning of last November's election, but they would probably better employ their time reading the late Christopher Lasch's book." And in the National Review, Robert Bork says The Revolt of the Elites "ranges provocatively [and] insightfully."

Controversy has raged around Lasch's targeted attack on the elites, their loss of moral values, and their abandonment of the middle class and poor, for he sets up the media and educational institutions as a large source of the problem. In this spirited work, Lasch calls out for a return to community, schools that teach history not self-esteem, and a return to morality and even the teachings of religion. He does this in a nonpartisan manner, looking to the lessons of American history, and castigating those in power for the ever-widening gap between the economic classes, which has created a crisis in American society. The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy is riveting social commentary.
  

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Review: The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

User Review  - J. Mulrooney - Goodreads

When Christopher Lasch died on Valentine's day in 1994, America lost the most profound of her critics. His final book, The Revolt of the Elites, was published a year after his death. It is a group of ... Read full review

Review: The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

User Review  - Joe Mulrooney - Goodreads

When Christopher Lasch died on Valentine's day in 1994, America lost the most profound of her critics. His final book, The Revolt of the Elites, was published a year after his death. It is a group of ... Read full review

Contents

The Revolt of the Elites
25
Does Democracy Deserve to Survive?
80
Communitarianism or Populism? The Ethic
92
Conversation and the Civic Arts
117
The Attack
129
Horace Mann and
141
The Lost Art of Argument
161
The Charade
176
THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
195
Philip Rieff and the Religion of Culture
213
The Soul of Man under Secularism
230
Bibliography
247
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About the author (1996)

Christopher Lasch (1932–1994) was also the author of The True and Only Heaven, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, and other books.

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