The Future of
A Former Congressman's Unconventional Analysis (2002)
Glen Browder's book--The Future of American
provocative statement about the uncertain destiny of America's
While his broad theme is positive and constructive,
he believes that America
is changing in ways that are important and unsettling for our traditional
democratic system; and he speculates about whether we have reached the limits
of our democratic destiny.
"America's 'Great Experiment' has
indeed been a grand and glorious endeavor for over two hundred years,"
he says, "but our national democratic experiment also embodies
principles and tendencies that inherently and continuously threaten American
Particularly at the beginning of the Twenty-First
Century, he believes that we are undergoing a democratic metamorphosis that,
for better or worse, is transforming our nation and the world. "The
critical question for contemporary America is how our nation--a
people of growing cultural diversity, with increasingly divergent ideals,
values, and principles of governance--can continue the collective pursuit of
freedom, equality, and justice through the historic framework of
Perhaps, Browder speculates, we may have reached
the limits of our democratic destiny. As he asks rhetorically at the
beginning of his new book: "Is America dying?"
Reviewers have submitted very positive comments.
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta calls the book a challenging
"Glen Browder's book is a
wake-up call for our democracy. This nation was built on the principle that
leadership would find the necessary consensus to advance the national
interest. That principle has been lost in the current battles over power,
parties and politics. This book challenges all of us to awake to the civil
illness in our midst and restore the fundamental strength of our
Alan Ehrenhalt says that the
book is well worth reading:
"Glen Browder is one of a rare breed in
American politics: He genuinely combines serious scholarship and a commitment
to public service. Browder is one of the most thoughtful and practical
critics of the overnmental inertia that plagues us
these days, and all of his recommendations are worth reading and paying
Dr. Larry Sabato, director of
of Virginia's Center
for Governmental Studies, says students will appreciate the combination of
theory and practicality:
"Rare is the academic who combines theoretical
knowledge with practicality. Glen Browder is such a person. In this
remarkable book, he challenges every citizen, especially the young, to think
anew about America's
democracy. Students will love it!"
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