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Dangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress

Tom Allen


The rhetoric of the 2012 presidential campaign exposed the deeply rooted sources of political polarization in America at that time. One side celebrated individualism and divided the public into “makers and takers”; the other preached “better together” as the path forward. Both focused their efforts on the “base” not the middle. This book argues that what is really wrong with Congress is the widening, hardening conflict in worldviews that leaves the two parties unable to understand how the other thinks about what people should do on their own and what we should do together. Members of Congress ... More

Keywords: 2012 presidential campaign, political polarization, Congress, American culture, American politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Allen, author
American Association of Publishers, President

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