"Uniting America" by Norton Garfinkle

Uniting America Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy Norton Garfinkle, Daniel Yankelovich

The Future of American Democracy Series
Publication date:
27 May 2014
Yale University Press
304 pages: 235 x 156 x 27mm
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In Uniting America, some of the country’s most prominent social thinkers—among them Francis Fukuyama, Daniel Yankelovich, Amitai Etzioni, Alan Wolfe, Uwe Reinhardt, and Thomas E. Mann—reject the myth of polarization. On topics ranging from the war on terrorism, health care, economic policy, and Social Security to religion, diversity, and immigration, the authors argue that there are sensible, centrist solutions that are more in keeping with prevailing public sentiment and that would better serve the national interest. On issue after issue, the authors show how the conventional framing of the debate in Washington has misled Americans, creating a series of false dilemmas and forcing choices between two extremes—at the expense of more balanced and pragmatic policy solutions based on enduring American values.
Uniting America provides a blueprint for a fresh approach to American politics, grounded in moderation, pragmatism, and the shared values that unite Americans.

Norton Garfinkle is chairman of The Future of American Democracy Foundation and former chairman of the George Washington University Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. Daniel Yankelovich is chairman and co-founder of the organizations Public Agenda, DYG, and Viewpoint Learning.

In a polarized age, it is increasingly hard for moderate voices to find a  platform. These essays from the thoughtful center help us to understand the sources of this democratic challenge, and also help to provide a remedy. A
welcome and illuminating collection."—Jeffrey Rosen, author of The Unwanted Gaze and The Naked Crowd

"Americans tired of both Republican and Democratic bromides will find much to think about in this collection of centrist thinking."—Morris P. Fiorina, author of Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America