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The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America

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The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Case for Trump explains the decline and fall of the once cherished idea of American citizenship.

Human history is full of the stories of peasants, subjects, and tribes. Yet the concept of the “citizen” is historically rare—and was among America’s most valued ideals for over two centuries. But without shock treatment, warns historian Victor Davis Hanson, American citizenship as we have known it may soon vanish.

In The Dying Citizen, Hanson outlines the historical forces that led to this crisis. The evisceration of the middle class over the last fifty years has made many Americans dependent on the federal government. Open borders have undermined the idea of allegiance to a particular place. Identity politics have eradicated our collective civic sense of self. And a top-heavy administrative state has endangered personal liberty, along with formal efforts to weaken the Constitution.

As in the revolutionary years of 1848, 1917, and 1968, 2020 ripped away our complacency about the future. But in the aftermath, we as Americans can rebuild and recover what we have lost. The choice is ours.

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of over two dozen books, most recently The Case for Trump. He lives in Selma, California.

ISBN: 9781541647534

ISBN-10: 9781541647534

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 10/05/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/05/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 432

Language: English

Categories

Political Science / Civics & Citizenship

Political Science / American Government

Political Science / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism

Political Science / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism