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David Callahan

The Moral Center



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“[David Callahan is] a new liberal with old values.”
—The New York Times



othing’s the matter with Kansas, David Callahan argues in this forceful follow-up to The Cheating Culture: Americans voting their values are responding to a real moral crisis. But the problems for most Americans are not abortion, gay marriage, or the “war on Christmas.” Instead they’re the fears and worries that neither party is addressing—that selfishness and greed are careening out of control, that we can’t protect our children from our violent and consumerist culture, that no one calls us to any greater purpose. As Republicans veer into zealotry, liberals can find common ground with moderates and build a new majority. But to alleviate the moral anxieties that helped drive GOP electoral victories, they need a powerful new vision.

In The Moral Center, Callahan articulates that vision as he offers an escape from the dead-end culture war. With insights garnered from in-depth research and interviews with advocates on both sides of the partisan divide, he examines some of our most polarized conflicts in seven key areas—family, sex, media, crime, work, poverty, and patriotism—and presents unexpected solutions that lay out a new road map to a unified America.
David Callahan
Wendy Paris

David Callahan is cofounder of the public policy center Demos, where he is a senior fellow. He is the author of The Cheating Culture and the editor of Moral.com. His articles appear in the New York Times and the Washington Post and he is a frequent commentator on television and radio. He lives in New York City.



Also by David Callahan

The Cheating Culture
The Cheating Culture
Why More Americans
Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead


The Moral Center The Moral Center
How We Can Reclaim Our Country from Die-Hard Extremists, Rogue Corporations, Hollywood Hacks, and Pretend Patriots

David Callahan

$24.00 Hardcover
0-15-101151-6 | 978-0-15-101151-3

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