Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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PREFACE

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pp. vii-xiii

...suffered from their reliance either on the market, as in the United States, or on the state, as in the Scandinavian countries. To develop a better sense of the obligations citizens owed to each other, both kinds of societies needed to rediscover a third path, one more capable of serving the needs of impersonal...

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I THE GOOD AND THE GREAT

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pp. 14-39

...Its military supremacy greater than that of the rest of the world combined, its economy the envy of even its enemies, its culture irresistible, the United States entered the twenty-first century as powerful as any nation in the history of the human race. Powerful did not mean invulnerable, as the world learned on September 11, 2001. But the willingness of George W. Bush...

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II FROM POLITICS TO PHILOSOPHY

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pp. 40-73

...As befits a quarrel as long-lasting as the one over whether America should be good or great, each side comes equipped with more than just a set of position papers dealing with the issues of the day; who can recall on which side of the free trade issue stood Alexander Hamilton? (He was for the most part a protectionist, although later-day Hamiltonians would prove...

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III CONSERVATISM’S RETREATFROM GREATNESS

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pp. 74-129

...Only one approach to constitutional law, writes Robert Bork, whose failure to win confirmation as a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 helped ignite the contemporary culture war, “is consonant with the design of the American Republic.” Bork’s preferred method, original intent, holds...

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IV LIBERALISM’S FEAR OF AMBITION

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pp. 130-181

...Of all the thinkers and leaders in American history, the one least likely to appeal to contemporary Americans would surely be John C. Calhoun. A would-be aristocrat, defender of slavery, and passionate advocate for a way of life history was passing by, Calhoun ought to be something of a relic, clearly—given his brilliance— of some curiosity value, but hardly...

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V GREAT ONCE MORE?

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pp. 182-222

...The ideal political system should consist of a conservative party modeled on the British Tories under Benjamin Disraeli and a liberal one based on the social democratic idea brought to fruition in postwar Europe. The reason America has retreated so far from greatness is because its political system currently contains neither...

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. 223-223

...One day not that long ago Fred Appel of Princeton University Press came by my office and asked me what I was working on. Lo and behold, we now have a book. Fred’s encouragement, advice, and support was indispensable to its completion. He suggested that the Spencer Trask Lectures at Princeton...

NOTES

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pp. 224-236

INDEX

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pp. 237-249