Junk Politics: The Trashing of the American Mind

Junk Politics The Trashing of the American Mind When George Bush s inaugural address stressed civility compassion and character he was continuing a decade long trend of American politicians trying to get touchy feely with the American electorate

  • Title: Junk Politics: The Trashing of the American Mind
  • Author: Benjamin DeMott
  • ISBN: 9781560255659
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • When George Bush s inaugural address stressed civility, compassion, and character, he was continuing a decade long trend of American politicians trying to get touchy feely with the American electorate Who could forget Bill Clinton s I feel your pain chatter from the 1992 election, or the party conventions of 2000 where delegates recounted tales of privations endured aWhen George Bush s inaugural address stressed civility, compassion, and character, he was continuing a decade long trend of American politicians trying to get touchy feely with the American electorate Who could forget Bill Clinton s I feel your pain chatter from the 1992 election, or the party conventions of 2000 where delegates recounted tales of privations endured and overcome What this amounts to is the growth of no politics politics or Junk Politics, as Benjamin DeMott one of America s leading cultural critics names it DeMott explains that lack of character, civility, and feeling, rather than inequality and injustice, is seen as the root cause of our national woes Great causes like the civil rights movement nourish themselves on firm awareness of the substance of injustice But those causes, DeMott warns, are losing their voice as junk politics gains ascendance Junk Politics looks at the cultural influences and political signals of the last half century that have stamped the apolitical style of those in power He focuses on some of the lesser known but defining elements of Bush era antipolitics rhetoric and action that poverty is a character problem, that leadership is first of all an emollient, as he digs deeper into the cultural soil that has nourished these views.

    One thought on “Junk Politics: The Trashing of the American Mind”

    1. An interesting enough set of ideas and thoughts regarding the American political system, but such dreary and boring language that makes it a bit of a headache to sludge through, ugh.

    2. This is a book of critical essays on the clash of culture and politics. Throughout the essays, the themes of failed politics and a dearth of meaningful political action are shown through literature, pop culture personalities, and a placating free press. Demott writes: Putting the pertinent points bluntly: intense emotional response and effective political action aren't the same thing. The spread of tolerance does not, in and of itself, bring on genuine progress, political or moral. Experiences i [...]

    3. This is a collection of critical essays on American culture and politics dating from the presidency of Bill Clinton and the beginning of George W. Bush's government. It includes his still-relevant and often cited essay on the politics of "civility," with additional critiques of commercial fads in "leadership training" and "character education" as diversions from critical analysis of power structures and social justice. A long essay later in the book describes a sort of personal anecdotal tour of [...]

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