A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream

Yuval Levin | 2020
Posted in: Social Psychology What is An American?
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Survey results show that an ever-increasing number of Americans have lost confidence in the public institutions that have historically played a positive role in helping us work together as a nation. Yuval Levin examines the state of political institutions, professional institutions such as journalism and medicine, educational institutions, religion and the family. He suggests that because we have become a celebrity culture based on identity politics our institutions are seen as arenas for self-promotion, at best, or, at worst, as the instruments used by the strong to trample and oppress the weak. As Levin sees it, each one of us who cares about the future of our nation needs to commit to taking an active role in reforming our institutions to bring them back to the standards and ideals that are the heart of American life. A social revolution to tear down our institutions is not the answer. Instead, by working through our institutions we can trust them more and make them more trustworthy.