The eclipse of equality [electronic resource] :arguing America on Meet the press / Solon Simmons.Material type: BookPublisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, Copyright date: �2013Description: 1 online resource (305 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780804786461 (electronic bk.); 0804786461 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Equality -- United States | Social conflict -- United States | Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States | Meet the press (Television program) | Political culture -- United States | Public opinion -- United States | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- | Meet the press (Television program) | Equality | Political culture | Political science | Public opinion | Rhetoric -- Political aspects | Social conflict | United States | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies | Since 1945Genre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 305.5 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Nothing is more important : arguing America -- Basically totally dysfunctional : the rhetorical roots of protracted social conflict -- Spreading democracy around the world : a world made safe for private enterprise -- Taking aim at the New Deal : to restore the idea of America -- That redemption we dream of : the tangle of intolerances -- The gravest problem : reds, rackets and the unmaking of the democratic class struggle -- Conclusion : to clarify American opinion -- Epilogue : if it's Sunday, it's Meet the press.
"Red state vs. blue state. Republican vs. Democrat. Fox News vs. The Daily Show. The so-called culture wars have become such a fixture of American politics that dividing the country into rival camps seems natural and political gridlock seems inevitable. Entering the fray, Solon Simmons offers an intriguing twist on the debate: Our disagreements come not from unbridgeable divides, but from differing interpretations of a single underlying American tradition-liberalism. Both champions of traditional liberal values, Republicans have become the party of individual freedom while Democrats wear the mantle of tolerance. Lost in this battle of sides is the third pillar of liberalism--equality. Simmons charts the course of American politics through the episodes of Meet the Press. On the air since 1945, Meet the Press provides an unparalleled record of living conversation about the most pressing issues of the day. In weekly discussions, the people who directly influenced policy and held the reins of power in Washington set the political agenda for the country. Listening to what these people had to say--and importantly how they said it--Meet the Press opens a window on how our political parties have become so divided and how notions of equality were lost in the process. Telling the story of the American Century, Simmons investigates four themes that have defined politics and, in turn, debate on Meet the Press--war and foreign affairs, debt and taxation, race struggles, and class and labor relations--and demonstrates how political leaders have transformed these important political issues into symbolic pawns as each party advocates for their own understanding of liberty, whether freedom or tolerance. Ultimately, with The Eclipse of Equality, he looks to bring back to the debate the question lurking in the shadows--how can we ensure the protection of a peaceful civil society and equality for all?"--Provided by publisher.
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