The monarchy of fear A philosopher looks at our political crisis

Martha Craven Nussbaum, 1947-

Book - 2018

"From one of the world's most celebrated moral philosophers, an examination of the current political crisis. In The Monarchy of Fear Martha C. Nussbaum--an acclaimed scholar and humanist--analyzes the political standoff that has polarized American life since the 2016 presidential election and focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked: the political is always emotional. Globalization, automation, and the rising costs of higher education have produced feelings of powe...rlessness in millions of American people. Related issues trouble European unity. That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear of change bubble into resentment and blame: of immigrants, Muslims, those of other races, and cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a role in the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum--confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She argues that retribution is always a bad response to fear and articulates a politics of constructive work and hope. Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles our web of emotions and provides a road map of where to go next."--Dust jacket.

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New York, NY : Simon & Schuster [2018]
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Item Description
"July 2018"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xviii, 249 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Martha Craven Nussbaum, 1947- (author)
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  • A toxic brew : sexism and misogyny
  • Hope, love, vision.