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The United States as a Divided Nation

Past and Present


Marcin Grabowski, Krystof Kozák and György Tóth

Is the U.S. as a country still capable of finding common ground and effective policy responses in the 21st century, or are the dividing lines within U.S. society actually becoming too deep and too wide to bridge, with potentially grave consequences for American social, political as well as economic development? This book discusses important contemporary U.S. wedge issues such as gun rights, racial and economic inequality, the role of the state, the politics of culture, interpretations of history and collective memory, polarization in national politics, and factionalism in domestic and foreign policy. It provides readers with conceptual tools to grasp the complexity of the current processes, policy formation, and political and social change under way in the United States.
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In No One We Trust: Memorialization and Communicative Pathologies in Amy Waldman’s The Submission


Why should we …Keep law and form and due proportion,Showing as in a model our firm estate,When our sea-walled garden, the whole land,Is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up,Her fruit trees all unpruned, her hedges, ruined,Her knots disordered, and her wholesome herbsSwarming with caterpillars.

RICHARD II, William Shakespeare

Il faut cultiver notre jardin

CANDIDE, Voltaire

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