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Beyond red and blue [electronic resource] : how twelve political philosophies shape American debates /
Peter S. Wenz.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2009.
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375 p. ; 24 cm.
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9780262012959 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2009.
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9780262012959 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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11947517
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-352) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2008-12-22:
The competing voices in the American political arena are given their due in this nuanced tour of some of the most chewed-over issues of the day. Wenz (Environmental Justice) posits that there are 12 major political philosophies (e.g., libertarianism, contractarianism, feminism and multiculturalism) that, taken in part or in whole, encompass the opinions of most Americans. Fourteen case studies illustrate how these approaches have applied in real-life scenarios, often creating unexpected partnerships and disagreements-most dramatically in the Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London, which centered on an eminent domain dispute and eventually saw the CATO Institute allied with the ACLU in favor of personal property rights. While discussions on the shifting legal status of pornography and the complex variables of the American health care system lack strongly unifying set -pieces, they convey a great deal of information about law and policy in a coherent manner. When Wenz occasionally gets personal, as he does in a wrenching and well-presented chapter on physician-assisted suicide, the book transcends talking points to become a satisfying exhibition of political philosophy in action. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2010-03-01:
Wenz (emer., philosophy, Univ. of Illinois) contends that US policy is much more complex and nuanced than a simple Republican-Democratic division, a claim that he supports by delving deeply into the pluralistic nature of US policy debates. He selects 14 domestic issues and applies, where relevant, 12 ideological positions, which he labels political philosophies. He relies heavily on Supreme Court opinions, personal family stories, brief case studies, and scholarly analyses. His selections of major issues (e.g., assisted suicide, affirmative action, abortion, gun control, and immigration) are appropriate, and his range of skirmishers is wide, with libertarians, social conservatives, and utilitarians appearing most frequently. Perhaps the best chapter is his discussion of genetic engineering, where moral values, science, and policy considerations are interwoven in relatively fluid fashion. This is a conscientious survey of contemporary issues in terms of contending policy positions. But overall, Wenz has proven more skilled in juggling a variety of views than in integrating the policy contexts of the various issues, an outcome that he may see as inevitable in any comprehensive discussion of US domestic policy. This is a useful source for information on many of the contentious issues of the day. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, all undergraduate students, and graduate students. R. Heineman Alfred University
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Review Quotes
"...Beyond Red and Blue should be considered a primary resource towards taking your seat as an informed citizen."-- George Russell , PopMatters
"The competing voices in the American political arena are given their due in this nuanced tour of some of the most chewed-over issues of the day." Publishers Weekly
"The competing voices in the American political arena are given their due in this nuanced tour of some of the most chewed-over issues of the day." - Publishers Weekly
"The most significant contributions of Peter Wenz's book are his illustrations of the practical complexity of the fourteen social and political issues facing our nation, as well as his twelve political philosophies to increase our understanding of these issues. After reading Wenz's account, people should feel that they now have the resources to talk about these issues and begin to take a stand." - James P. Sterba , Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
"The most significant contributions of Peter Wenz's book are his illustrations of the practical complexity of the fourteen social and political issues facing our nation, as well as his twelve political philosophies to increase our understanding of these issues. After reading Wenz's account, people should feel that they now have the resources to talk about these issues and begin to take a stand." -James P. Sterba, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
"Whether your political comfort zone is on the right, on the left, or somewhere in the middle, Beyond Red and Blue is going to make you squirm. Drawing from life experiences and familiar headlines, Peter Wenz finds twelve lines of political DNA in America. Beyond Red and Blue tackles tough issues from euthanasia to torture to global trade. Don't expect Wenz to button up every chapter with sound-bite certainty. His conclusions may make you cheer or curse, but they are sure to make you think." -Senator Dick Durbin , Illinois
"Whether your political comfort zone is on the right, on the left, or somewhere in the middle, Beyond Red and Blueis going to make you squirm. Drawing from life experiences and familiar headlines, Peter Wenz finds twelve lines of political DNA in America. Beyond Red and Bluetackles tough issues from euthanasia to torture to global trade. Don't expect Wenz to button up every chapter with sound-bite certainty. His conclusions may make you cheer or curse, but they are sure to make you think." -Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois
"The most significant contributions of Peter Wenz's book are his illustrations of the practical complexity of the fourteen social and political issues facing our nation, as well as his twelve political philosophies to increase our understanding of these issues. After reading Wenz's account, people should feel that they now have the resources to talk about these issues and begin to take a stand." --James P. Sterba, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
"Wenz has written an engaging and profound analysis of the diversity of ideological worldviews in modern America. He convincingly demonstrates that the bi-modal ideological frame of conservative versus liberal, dominant in contemporary commentary, fails to describe the complexity of competing ideas informing public policy debates. He documents this through expert dissections of a wide range of public policy issues from the hot button like abortion to the wonkish like wages and taxes. One has to be impressed with his mastery of both so many different policy areas and the political ideas in contention. This book should be required reading for those wishing to better understand the political ideas animating the critical policy issues on America's agenda."--William E. Hudson, Professor of Political Science, Providence College
"Whether your political comfort zone is on the right, on the left, or somewhere in the middle, Beyond Red and Blue is going to make you squirm. Drawing from life experiences and familiar headlines, Peter Wenz finds twelve lines of political DNA in America. Beyond Red and Blue tackles tough issues from euthanasia to torture to global trade. Don't expect Wenz to button up every chapter with sound-bite certainty. His conclusions may make you cheer or curse, but they are sure to make you think." --Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois [note: "Dick Durbin" on his official website]
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work explains why Americans do not divide neatly into red and blue or right and left but form coalitions across party lines on hot-button issues ranging from immigration to same-sex marriage.
Main Description
On any given night cable TV news will tell us how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. But in fact, writes Peter Wenz in Beyond Red and Blue, Americans do not divide neatly into two ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. If they did, what could explain Republicans who oppose the Patriot Act and support gay marriage, or liberals and conservatives who agree over genetic engineering? In real life, as Wenz shows, different ideologies can converge on certain issues; people from the right and left can support the same policy for different reasons. Thus, for example, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act's encroachment on personal freedom and social conservatives can support gay marriage on the grounds that it strengthens the institution of marriage. Liberals might oppose genetic engineering on environmental grounds, conservatives on religious grounds. Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies-ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism-on which Americans draw when taking political positions. He then turns his focus to some of America's most controversial issues and, through in-depth discussions of fourteen of them, shows how ideologically diverse coalitions can emerge. These hot-button issues include extending life by artificial means (as in the Terri Schiavo case), the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, affirmative action, abortion, same-sex marriage, health care, immigration, and globalization. Awareness of these twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, can help activists enlist allies, citizens better understand politics and elections, and all of us define our own political identities.
Main Description
On any given night cable TV news will tell us how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. But in fact, writes Peter Wenz in Beyond Red and Blue, Americans do not divide neatly into two ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. If they did, what could explain Republicans who oppose the Patriot Act and support gay marriage, or liberals and conservatives who agree over genetic engineering? In real life, as Wenz shows, different ideologies can converge on certain issues; people from the right and left can support the same policy for different reasons. Thus, for example, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act's encroachment on personal freedom and social conservatives can support gay marriage on the grounds that it strengthens the institution of marriage; liberals might oppose genetic engineering on environmental grounds, conservatives on religious grounds. Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies--ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism--on which Americans draw when taking political positions. He then turns his focus to some of America's most controversial issues and, through in-depth discussions of fourteen of them, shows how ideologically diverse coalitions can emerge. These hot-button issues include extending life by artificial means (as in the Terry Schiavo case); the war on drugs; the war on terrorism; affirmative action; abortion; same-sex marriage; healthcare; immigration; and globalization. Awareness of these twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, can help activists enlist allies, citizens better understand politics and elections, and all of us define our own political identities.
Main Description
On any given night cable TV news will tell us how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. But in fact, writes Peter Wenz in Beyond Red and Blue,Americans do not divide neatly into two ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. If they did, what could explain Republicans who oppose the Patriot Act and support gay marriage, or liberals and conservatives who agree over genetic engineering? In real life, as Wenz shows, different ideologies can converge on certain issues; people from the right and left can support the same policy for different reasons. Thus, for example, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act's encroachment on personal freedom and social conservatives can support gay marriage on the grounds that it strengthens the institution of marria≥ liberals might oppose genetic engineering on environmental grounds, conservatives on religious grounds. Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies-ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism-on which Americans draw when taking political positions. He then turns his focus to some of America's most controversial issues and, through in-depth discussions of fourteen of them, shows how ideologically diverse coalitions can emerge. These hot-button issues include extending life by artificial means (as in the Terry Schiavo case); the war on drugs; the war on terrorism; affirmative action; abortion; same-sex marria≥ healthcare; immigration; and globalization. Awareness of these twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, can help activists enlist allies, citizens better understand politics and elections, and all of us define our own political identities.
Main Description
On any given night cable TV news will tell us how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. But in fact, writes Peter Wenz in Beyond Red and Blue , Americans do not divide neatly into two ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In real life, as Wenz shows, different ideologies can converge on certain issues; people from the right and left can support the same policy for different reasons. Thus, for example, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act's encroachment on personal freedom and social conservatives can support gay marriage on the grounds that it strengthens the institution of marriage. Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies--ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism--on which Americans draw when taking political positions. He then turns his focus to some of America's most controversial issues and shows how ideologically diverse coalitions can emerge on such hot-button topics as extending life by artificial means, the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, affirmative action, abortion, same-sex marriage, health care, immigration, and globalization. Awareness of these twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, can help activists enlist allies, citizens better understand politics and elections, and all of us define our own political identities.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
No Strange Bedfellowsp. 13
Pulling the Plugp. 33
Physician- Assisted Suicidep. 55
The War on Drugsp. 75
The War on Terrorismp. 95
Affirmative Actionp. 117
Pornography, Child Pornography, and the Internetp. 139
Abortionp. 161
Homosexuality, Same- Sex Marriage, and Polygamyp. 183
Genetic Engineering and Designer Childrenp. 205
Wages and Taxesp. 227
Health Care in Americap. 249
Immigrationp. 271
Globalizationp. 293
Afterwordp. 315
Notesp. 321
Indexp. 353
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