Beyond Political Correctness: Social Transformation in the United States

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001 - Political Science - 339 pages
Why does the right dominate debates on crime, family values, and economic freedom? Why does the left defend such arbitrary and divisive aspects of affirmative action, while equivocating on questions of ecology and political empowerment for young people? The answer, Cummings believes, is that too many progressives have avoided politically sensitive issues, condemning themselves to intellectual atrophy and political ineffectiveness.
Cummings clearly is not an advocate for the "self-serving, hypocritical right." But he contends that the left handicaps itself with political correctness, and that frank analysis of taboo topics requires us to move beyond the traditional dichotomy of left and right. With passion and rigor, he argues for a transformation of U.S. culture and institutions that will enable individuals to pursue their vital interests without impinging on the rights of others and undermining the public good.
 

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Contents

PC Opportunism and Transformative Deficit on the Left
23
The Missing Child in Transformational Politics
141
Missing Synergies in Ecology Crime
255
Ideology as Friend and Foe of Transformation
309
Bibliography
317
Index
329
About the Book
339
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Michael Cummings is chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado at Denver.

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