Volume 11, Issue 1, Winter 2000/2001

Up Front

Are Two Communities Better than One?
Shlomo Avineri

The Marriage Therapy
David Myers

Victims of the Year
John Leo

Essays

Democracy and the Reconstitution of Moral Order
What in particular can--and should--be done to improve the moral climate in America that would be compatible with the ethos of a democratic society and also stand a reasonable chance of being effective? Four political theorists consider approaches to restoring moral order in America--and question whether such a remoralization is even compatible with contemporary American society.

The Contours of Remoralization
Francis Fukuyama

Parental Responsibility in a Time of Societal Irresponsibility
R. Bruce Douglass

Free Agent Nation? The Political Consequences of Cultural Commitments
William M. Sullivan

The Way We Live
Ronald Beiner

Vision for America: A Place for Faith
Senator Joe Lieberman
Tocqueville saw America as a country in which the spirit of freedom and the spirit of religion form a "marvelous combination." Two centuries later, his vision lives on.

Next: Three Steps Towards a Good Society
Amitai Etzioni
Inequality. Materialism. Cultural fragmentation. Is this the great American way? It doesn't have to be.

The Empty Square
Alan Ehrenhalt
Informal gatherings at parks, beauty parlors, and courthouses used to be a crux of small-town social life. The public spaces are still there. But where did all the people go?

Departments

The Community Bookshelf
Putting Putnam's Thesis in Its Place
Dennis Wrong
Review of Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.

Communitarianism and the Escape from Politics
James Willson-Quayle
Review of Elizabeth Frazer's The Problems of Communitarian Politics: Unity and Conflict.

Beyond Debate
James Davison Hunter
Review of Daniel Yankelovich's The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation.

The Moral Dimension of the Media
Reality-Based Filmmaking Versus Reality -- Martin Koughan

Libertarians, Authoritarians, Communitarians

Commentary -- Richard T. Foltin, Duncan MacRae, Jr.

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