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|Description:||213 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt. 1. In Praise of Decadence. 1. The Legacy of the Sixties. 2. The Baby Boomers. 3. Left, Right, or Libertarian? 4. Anarchists and Minarchists. 5. The American Libertarian Tradition. 6. Origins of the Modern Libertarian Movement. 7. Who Was Ayn Rand? 8. The Modern Movement Comes Together. 9. The Nonvoters. 10. Neither Left Nor Right. 11. Who Is R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.? or The Ersatz Mencken of the American Right. 12. The Other Youth Rebellion of the 1960s. 13. The Decay of Authority --
Pt. 2. The Shape of Things to Come. 14. Degeneration Revisited. 15. All in the Family. 16. The Deaths and Lives of Great American Cities. 17. The Crisis of Civility. 18. A Tale of Three Decades.
Politically, the members of the sixties generation - the famed "baby boomers" - have always been more libertarian than anyone expected. In the end, he maintains, the sixties was a seminal decade because it ushered in a period of spreading and deepening cultural decadence which still shows no sign of abating.
It is easy to find fault with the turbulent sixties in America, and many do - focusing on such themes as free love and the decline of the family, racial unrest and the crisis of the cities, and the virtual disappearance of civility in the public square. Yet, Riggenbach contends, after a detailed examination of the critics' arguments on these issues, that while decadence does have its downside - it has made our society a ruder and cruder one in many ways - it has also enriched us beyond our wildest dreams and has given us much more to be thankful for than to lament.