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Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From the Culture of Contempt

Arthur C. Brooks
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher, 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780062883759, 0062883755
Summary
Cites the role of divisive leaders in today's partisan America, outlining specific recommendations for reuniting the nation around its core principles of respect, kindness, and dignity.
"Divisive politicians. Hateful pundits. Angry campus activists. Twitter trolls. Today in America there is an "outrage industrial complex" that prospers by setting American against American, creating a "culture of contempt" -- the habit of seeing people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect, but as worthless and defective. Maybe, like more than nine out of ten Americans, you dislike it. But, hey, either you play along or you'll be left behind, right? Wrong. In Love Your Enemies, the New York Times bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that abuse and outrage are not the right formula for lasting success. Brooks blends cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, and a decade of experience leading one of America's top policy think tanks in a work that offers a better way to lead based on bridging divides and mending relationships. Brooks's prescriptions are unconventional. To bring America together, we shouldn't try to agree more. There is no need for mushy moderation, because disagreement is the secret to excellence. Civility and tolerance shouldn't be our goals, because they are hopelessly low standards. And our feelings toward our foes are irrelevant; what matters is how we choose to act. Love Your Enemies offers a clear strategy for victory for a new generation of leaders. It is a rallying cry for people hungry for a new era of American progress. Most of all, it is a road map to find the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences"--
Contents
  • The culture of contempt
  • Can you afford to be nice?
  • Love lessons for leaders
  • How can I love my enemies if they are immoral?
  • The power and peril of identity
  • Tell me a story
  • Is competition our problem?
  • Please disagree with me.
Description
ix, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-234) and index.
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