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Author Gitlin, Todd, author

Title The intellectuals and the flag / Todd Gitlin
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2006]
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Series Columbia international affairs online. books
Columbia international affairs online. Books.
Contents Three exemplary intellectuals. David Riesman's lonely crowd ; C. Wright Mills, free radical ; Irving Howe's partition -- Two traps and three values. The postmodernist mood ; The antipolitical populism of cultural studies ; The values of media, the values of citizenship, and the values of higher education -- The intellectuals and the flag
Summary "The tragedy of the left is that, having achieved an unprecedented victory in helping stop an appalling war, it then proceeded to commit suicide." So writes Todd Gitlin about the aftermath of the Vietnam War in this collection of writings that calls upon intellectuals on the left to once again engage American public life and resist the trappings of knee-jerk negativism, intellectual fads, and political orthodoxy. Gitlin argues for a renewed sense of patriotism based on the ideals of sacrifice, tough-minded criticism, and a willingness to look anew at the global role of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. Merely criticizing and resisting the Bush administration will not do - the left must also imagine and propose an America reformed. Where then can the left turn' Gitlin celebrates the work of three prominent postwar intellectuals: David Riesman, C. Wright Mills, and Irving Howe. Their ambitious, assertive, and clearly written works serve as models for an intellectual engagement that forcefully addresses social issues and remains affirmative and comprehensive. Sharing many of the qualities of these thinkers' works, Todd Gitlin's blunt, frank analysis of the current state of the left and his willingness to challenge orthodoxies pave the way for a revival in leftist thought and a new liberal patriotism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Civics.
Intellectuals -- United States -- Biography.
Liberalism -- United States.
Nationalism -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
Radicalism -- United States.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 21st century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231510357 (electronic bk.)
9780231510356 (electronic bk.)