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Love your enemies : how decent people can save America from our culture of contempt

Brooks, Arthur C.2019
One in six Americans have stopped talking to close friends and family members over politics. Ideological polarization is at higher levels than at any time since the Civil War. America has developed a habit of seeing people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless. Brooks shows that treating others with contempt and out-outraging the other side is not a formula for lasting success. He offers a new way to lead based not on attacking others, but on bridging national divides and mending personal relationships. -- adapted from info."To get ahead today, you have to be a jerk, right? Divisive politicians. Hateful pundits. Angry campus activists. Twitter trolls. Today in America, there is an 'outrage industrial complex' that prospers by setting American against American, creating a 'culture of contempt'--the habit of seeing people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect, but as worthless and defective. Maybe, like more than nine out of ten Americans, you dislike it. But hey, either you play along, or you'll be left behind, right? Wrong. In [this book], bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that abuse and outrage are not the right formula for lasting success. Brooks blends cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, and a decade of experience leading one of America's top policy think tanks in a work that offers a better way to lead based on bridging divides and mending relationships. Brooks' prescriptions are unconventional. To bring America together, we shouldn't try to agree more. There is no need for mushy moderation, because disagreement is the secret to excellence. Civility and tolerance shouldn't be our goals, because they are hopelessly low standards. And our feelings toward our foes are irrelevant; what matters is how we choose to act. Love Your Enemies offers a clear strategy for victory for a new generation of leaders. It is a rallying cry for people hoping for a new era of American progress. Most of all, it is a roadmap to arrive at the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences."--Dust jacket.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, 2019
ix, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-234) and index.
Introduction: Are you sick of fighting yet? -- The culture of contempt -- Can you afford to be nice? -- Love lessons for leaders -- How can I love my enemies if they are immoral? -- The power and peril of identity -- Tell me a story -- Is competition our problem? -- Please disagree with me -- Conclusion: five rules to subvert the culture of contempt.
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