The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Cold War, people around the globe are reexamining and reinventing their political systems, conscious that political choices imply different ways of life. In this new cross-cultural study, Angelo M. Codevilla illustrates that as people shape their governments, they shape themselves. Drawing broadly from the sweep of history, from the Roman Republic to de Tocqueville's America, as well as from personal and scholarly observations of the world in the 20th century, The Character of Nations distills remarkable truths about the effects of government on a society's economic arrangements, moral order, family life, and ability to defend itself.

In present-day America, Codevilla argues, government has had a profound, negative effect on social norms. It has habituated people to seek prosperity through connections with political power; it has fostered the atrophy of civic responsibility; it has waged a Kulturkampf against family and religion; and it has dug a dangerous chasm between those who serve in the military and those who send it in harm's way. Informative and provocative, The Character of Nations teaches -- like Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws and Robert Bork's Slouching Towards Gomorrah -- that the political decisions we make have higher stakes than simply who wins elections.

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