A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character

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Macmillan, 1992 - Political Science - 304 pages
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One of the most talked-about books in years, A Nation of Victims established Charles Sykes as a persuasive, witty, and controversial commentator on American life and society. The plaint of the victim-- It's not my fault-- has become the loudest and most influential voice in America, an instrument of personal and lasting political change.

* Fired for consistently showing up late for work, a former school district employee sues, claiming he is a victim of "chronic lateness syndrome."

* Videotaped puffing on a pipe filled with crack cocaine, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry claims he is a victim of racism.

* In 1960, fewer than 100,000 lawsuits were filed in federal courts; in 1990, more than 250,000 were filed.

In this incisive, pugnacious, frequently hilarious book, Charles Sykes examines the erosion of our society and offers hope in the prospect of a culture of renewed character.
  

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A fascinating study of our nations move toward attitudes of victimhood. The hilariousness of the examples alone made it worth the read. I loved it! Read full review

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Contents

SCENES FROM THE ZEITGEIST
3
The Pursuit of Happiness
27
Psychologically Correct
53
I Have a Dream
65
The Rise of the Victim
75
The Revolt of the Kids
87
Victim Chic Victim Therapy
95
Blaming the Victim
103
Pick a Disorder Any Disorder
151
Sensitive Man
163
The Sexual Nightmare
177
Presumed Victimized
197
The Racial Nightmare
211
Wrong Questions Wrong Answers
231
A Moratorium on Blame
241
Notes
257

The Rights Revolution E Pluribus Victim
123
Are We All Sick?
135

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About the author (1992)

Charles J. Sykes is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and is the author of A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Profscam, The Hollow Men, The End of Privacy, and 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School.

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