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The Resource Holding the Center : In Defense of Political Trimming, Eugene Goodheart

Holding the Center : In Defense of Political Trimming, Eugene Goodheart

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Holding the Center : In Defense of Political Trimming
Title
Holding the Center
Title remainder
In Defense of Political Trimming
Statement of responsibility
Eugene Goodheart
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Politicians and pundits often scorn polarization and compromise--the intransigence of the former and the feebleness of the latter--without suggesting an alternative way. Polarization, when opposing forces are equal or close to equal in strength, leads to stalemate. Compromise threatens to betray one's conviction about what is essential. Ideally, a leader must combine conviction about what ought to be done with an open-minded awareness of unintended consequences.The social sciences are or should be based, largely, on the premise that people are historical and social beings. Holding the Center follows this tradition, while focusing on the trimming aspect. In nautical terms, trimming indicates an adjustment of one's vessel to accommodate one's environment. In politics, it is to find common ground between extremes, not for the sake of compromise, but because reason does not have a single location on the political spectrum.The twelve chapters in this book are brought together by Goodheart's argument that the Whig trimming tradition is the heart and soul of politics in the West, and that both democracy and democratic culture depend upon the trimming tradition's advocacy of toleration. What is needed now, he notes, is a transformation in our political culture in which humility and the admission of error enter the list of political virtues. Non-parliamentary democracy with its separation of powers depends for its proper functioning on compromise, especially in a time like ours of crisis and divided government."--Provided by publisher
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Goodheart, Eugene,
Dewey number
320.973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Political culture
  • Political parties
  • Polarization (Social sciences)
  • Radicalism
  • United States
Label
Holding the Center : In Defense of Political Trimming, Eugene Goodheart
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published 2013 by Transaction Publishers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Chapter 1 ?Light from Other Minds? -- chapter 2 Deconstructing Left and Right: The Case for Bipartisanship -- chapter 3 The President On and Off Base -- chapter 4 Occupy Wall Street and the Question of Leadership -- chapter 5 Manichean Rhetoric and Political Practice -- chapter 6 The Extremes: Two of a Kind -- chapter 7 Tzvetan Todorov’s Humanism -- chapter 8 Reason and Politics -- chapter 9 Our Consuming Problem -- chapter 10 Individualism versus Equality -- chapter 11 Billy Budd and the World’s Imperfection: A Literary Digression -- chapter 12 Progress and Present-mindedness in the Writing of History
Control code
on1058663406
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 202 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351515382
Note
Taylor & Francis
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1058663406
Label
Holding the Center : In Defense of Political Trimming, Eugene Goodheart
Publication
Note
First published 2013 by Transaction Publishers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Chapter 1 ?Light from Other Minds? -- chapter 2 Deconstructing Left and Right: The Case for Bipartisanship -- chapter 3 The President On and Off Base -- chapter 4 Occupy Wall Street and the Question of Leadership -- chapter 5 Manichean Rhetoric and Political Practice -- chapter 6 The Extremes: Two of a Kind -- chapter 7 Tzvetan Todorov’s Humanism -- chapter 8 Reason and Politics -- chapter 9 Our Consuming Problem -- chapter 10 Individualism versus Equality -- chapter 11 Billy Budd and the World’s Imperfection: A Literary Digression -- chapter 12 Progress and Present-mindedness in the Writing of History
Control code
on1058663406
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 202 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351515382
Note
Taylor & Francis
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1058663406

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