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Slouching towards Gomorrah : modern liberalism and American decline

Author: Robert H Bork
Publisher: New York : Regan Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Robert H. Bork's Slouching Towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic and unprecedented view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. Of our own President, Bork writes: "Thirty years ago, Clinton's behavior would have been absolutely disqualifying. Since the 1992 election, the public has learned
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Bork
ISBN: 0060391634 9780060391638
OCLC Number: 35029722
Description: xiv, 382 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "The vertical invasion of the barbarians" --
What they did and where they went --
"We hold these truths to be self-evident" : the rage for liberty and the pursuit of happiness --
"We hold these truths to be self-evident" : the passion for equality --
"Intellectuals" and modern liberalism --
The Supreme Court as an agent of modern liberalism --
The collapse of popular culture --
The case for censorship --
The rise of crime, illegitimacy, and welfare --
Killing for convenience : abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia --
The politics of sex : radical feminism's assault on American culture --
The dilemmas of race --
The decline of intellect --
The trouble in religion --
The wistful hope for fraternity --
Can democratic government survive? --
Can America avoid Gomorrah?
Responsibility: Robert H. Bork.
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In Robert H. Bork's Slouching Towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic and unprecedented view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. Of our own President, Bork writes: "Thirty years ago, Clinton's behavior would have been absolutely disqualifying. Since the 1992 election, the public has learned far more about what is known, euphemistically, as the 'character issue.' Yet none of this appears to affect Clinton's popularity. It is difficult not to conclude that something about our moral perceptions and reactions has changed profoundly. If that change is permanent, the implication for our future is bleak."

The root of our decline, Bork argues, is the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism (the equality of outcomes rather than opportunities) and radical individualism (the drastic reduction of limits to personal gratification). The roots of modern liberalism are deeply embedded in the past two and a half centuries - and perhaps - arise from the very nature of Western civilization itself. From the collapse of popular culture to the general weakening of intellect, from the role of the Supreme Court as an agent of modern liberalism to the trouble in religion, from the assault of radical feminism on American institutions and freedoms to the "killing for convenience" of abortion and euthanasia, Bork has brilliantly encapsulated a nation and a culture on the brink. He courageously sounds an alarm for all Americans.

To understand our current plight and the direction in which we are moving, Bork believes we must look to the Sixties, a decade in which the moral integrity of our nation came under full-blown assault. We have never recovered from that attack because the radicals of the Sixties have taken over or heavily modified the cultural institutions they once sought to destroy.

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