How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 2 pm Pacific
In this far-reaching and compelling Independent Conversation, bestselling author and historian Dr. Victor Davis Hanson (Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution) is interviewed by Dr. Graham H. Walker (Executive Director, Independent Institute) to discuss Dr. Hanson's recent book, The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America.
Human history is full of the stories of peasants, subjects, and tribes. Yet the concept of the citizen is historically rareand was among Americas most valued ideals for over two centuries. But without shock treatment, warns historian Dr. Hanson, American citizenship as we have known it may soon vanish.
In The Dying Citizen, Dr. 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, Dr. Hanson explains how Americans can rebuild and recover what we have lost. The choice is ours.
Hanson has a particular gift for bringing together a dizzying array of events, controversies and ideas and making sense of them by advancing a coherent argument that incorporates thousands of years of history. . . . There is enormous value, moreover, in thinking about toxic political developments not as problems of the moment but as destructive pathologies to which all societies are prone at all times.
―Wall Street Journal
Indispensable... Hansons immensely erudite and inspiriting book offers a most welcome corrective to those influential forces and doctrines in our midst that conspire to delegitimize the citizen and citizenship as such. In doing so, he provides us with hope that our society still has within it significant powers of rejuvenation.
The Dying Citizen is essential reading for any American who cares about the fate of our nation.
―Mark R. Levin