Twilight's last gleaming : the price of happiness in America /
James R. Cooper.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1992.
372 p. ; 24 cm.
0879757191 :
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Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1992.
0879757191 :
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-08-03:
This blueprint for national renewal bristles with unorthodox proposals, many brilliant, some unworkable or ill-advised. If Americans pursue current naive, trickle-down economics of minimally regulated corporatism, then a fascistic U.S. lurks in the wings, warns Cooper, a professor of real estate and legal studies at Georgia State University. He urges the creation of a federally sponsored National Service Corps to put terminally unemployed Americans back to work and recommends a policy of open competition that would sever the Defense Department's alliance with the military/industrial oligopoly and halt its wasteful spending. Using Toronto and Amsterdam as examples, Cooper outlines a campaign to rebuild the U.S.'s cities and infrastructure. He advocates mandatory voting and urges the formation of ``Committees of 1000'' to launch class-action lawsuits. In place of the global arms race, he recommends a foreign policy that would foster Third World economic development, with aid tied to constructive, democratic change. Despite Cooper's stodgy prose and disconcerning tendency to hop from topic to topic, his provocative manifesto is well worth reading. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Cooper sees the salvation of the American dream in the renewal of the American creed-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-and in a national emphasis on the renewal of our cities.
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Are Americans - and the nation they share - burning themselves out from stress? For two centuries, America has conceived of itself as an unwavering beacon of democracy in the world. Today, the future of that vision seems in doubt. With voting rates threatening to go below 50 percent, our cities in continuing unchecked decline, and military spending virtually unchanged despite the end of the cold war, James R Cooper sees the salvation of the American dream in the renewal of the American creed - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - and in a national policy emphasis on the renewal of our cities.In "Twilight's Last Gleaming", Cooper stresses a thorough interdisciplinary approach to analyse the country's problems. Ranging from Hobbes to Locke to the changes in the Supreme Court and the nature of human sexuality, Cooper explains the need for a "paradigm shift" in the way Americans think about their nation. "Twilight's Last Gleaming" delineates America's historical traditions and its current social and economic enigmas with astonishing breadth and unusual clarity, and then proposes a startling program for national rebirth, involving the rebuilding and reorganisation of America's urban life. By incorporating strategies to make living in our cities less stressful, Cooper shows how America can resume its historical role as the well-spring of democratic progress.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
A New Creed
The American Creedp. 11
Exploring Ourselves: What Do We Believe?p. 25
Rights We Take Seriouslyp. 40
Myth Versus Reality: Pulling the Curtain on the Wizard Oz
The Supreme Court and the Federal Judiciaryp. 47
The Human Brain
Prefacep. 59
The American Mindp. 61
The Architecture of the Brainp. 73
The Captive Publicp. 87
Maturityp. 98
World Cities and American Metroareas
Prefacep. 115
The Population Bombp. 117
American Chartered Metroareasp. 139
American Metroareas - The Best Hope for Human Rights?p. 158
Metroareas and the Lawp. 171
Democratic Capitalism
Prefacep. 181
The Spirit of Democratic Capitalismp. 183
Diversity in Democratic Capitalismp. 197
The Ethics of Pollution and the Quality of the Human Environmentp. 219
Crime and Insecurityp. 236
Militarism, National Security, and a New Foreign Policyp. 252
Overcoming Yesterday in Order to Start on Tomorrow
Prefacep. 279
Private Class Actions and Other Forms of Conflict Resolutionp. 280
A National Colloquium
Expanding the Ninth Amendmentp. 313
Epiloguep. 331
Author's Notep. 343
Notesp. 345
Indexp. 359
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