Our endangered values

America's moral crisis

Author: Jimmy Carter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739461709

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In this book, he offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred. He reacts to some trends involving both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and including some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day--frequently encapsulated under "moral values." They include preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics. Sustained by his faith, Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way.--From publisher description.
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The Temptation of Despair

Author: Werner Sollors

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674416325

Category: History

Page: 400

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In Germany the end of World War II calls forth images of obliterated cities, hungry refugees, and ghostly monuments to Nazi crimes. Drawing on diaries, photographs, essays, reports, fiction and film, Werner Sollors makes visceral the sorrow and anger, guilt and pride, despondency and resilience of a defeated people--and the paradoxes of occupation.
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The Morgenthau Plan

Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy

Author: John Dietrich

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 1628940204

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 190

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The Morgenthau Plan, the Allies' post-war policy that preceded the Marshall Plan, devastated what remained of Germany after the war was officially over. Was this economic idiocy OCo or intentional destruction of a surrendered country? The current work documents how the Morgenthau Plan was designed to completely destroy the German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people. John Dietrich demonstrates this through countless documented quotes from official sources. What had changed by 1947, and why was the Morgenthau Plan finally rejected, swept under the carpet, and radically reversed? Where are today's professional historians and why is this stunning episode in US postwar policy minimized or ignored?"
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Repentance for the Holocaust

Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past

Author: C. K. Martin Chung

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501712527

Category: History

Page: 376

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In Repentance for the Holocaust, C. K. Martin Chung develops the biblical idea of "turning" (tshuvah) into a conceptual framework to analyze a particular area of contemporary German history, commonly referred to as Vergangenheitsbewältigung or "coming to terms with the past." Chung examines a selection of German responses to the Nazi past, their interaction with the victims’ responses, such as those from Jewish individuals, and their correspondence with biblical repentance. In demonstrating the victims’ influence on German responses, Chung asserts that the phenomenon of Vergangenheitsbewältigung can best be understood in a relational, rather than a national, paradigm. By establishing the conformity between those responses to past atrocities and the idea of "turning," Chung argues that the religious texts from the Old Testament encapsulating this idea (especially the Psalms of Repentance) are viable intellectual resources for dialogues among victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and their descendants in the discussion of guilt and responsibility, justice and reparation, remembrance and reconciliation. It is a great irony that after Nazi Germany sought to eliminate each and every single Jew within its reach, postwar Germans have depended on the Jewish device of repentance as a feasible way out of their unparalleled national catastrophe and unprecedented spiritual ruin.
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America's Crisis of Values

Reality and Perception

Author: Wayne E. Baker

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400849624

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Is America bitterly divided? Has America lost its traditional values? Many politicians and religious leaders believe so, as do the majority of Americans, based on public opinion polls taken over the past several years. But is this crisis of values real? This book explores the moral terrain of America today, analyzing the widely held perception that the nation is in moral decline. It looks at the question from a variety of angles, examining traditional values, secular values, religious values, family values, economic values, and others. Using unique data from the World Values Surveys, the largest systematic attempt ever made to document attitudes, values, and beliefs around the world, this book systematically evaluates the perceived crisis of values by comparing America's values with those of over 60 other nations. The results are surprising. The evidence shows overwhelmingly that America has not lost its traditional values, that the nation compares favorably with most other societies, and that the culture war is largely a myth. The gap between reality and perception does not represent mass ignorance of the facts or an overblown moral panic, Baker contends. Rather, the widespread perception of a crisis of values is a real and legitimate interpretation of life in a society that is in the middle of a fundamental transformation and that contains growing cultural contradictions. Instead of posing a problem, the author argues, this crisis rhetoric serves the valuable social function of reminding us of what it means to be American. As such, it preserves the ideological foundation of the nation.
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Culture and Value

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226904351

Category: Philosophy

Page: 181

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Selections from the notebooks of the distinguished philosopher discuss subjects such as music, religion, thinking, science, architecture, and civilization
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New Catholic World

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Humanitas

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Faith Under Fire

Author: Lewis John Collins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Autobiography

Page: 383

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Canon Collins is well known for his outspoken and provocative views. He has campaigned about most of the burning issues of the day. His controversial activities have been plain for all to see. In this book he describes and traces the growth of his beliefs. He writes for the agnostic and the humanist as well as for the Christian believer, grappling with many of the deep moral questions that face mankind today, and discussing fundamental questions of the contemporary relevance of Christianity. In describing his own work and experiences, he faces honestly both his failures and his successes.
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The Left Forum

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Socialism

Page: N.A

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Still the Best Hope

Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph

Author: Dennis Prager

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062097814

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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Conservative radio host and syndicated columnist Dennis Prager provides a bold, sweeping look at the future of civilization with Still the Best Hope, and offers a strong, cogent argument for why basic American values must triumph in a dangerously uncertain world. Humanity stands at a crossroads, and the only alternatives to the “American Trinity” of liberty, natural rights, and the melting-pot ideal of national unity are Islamic totalitarianism, European democratic socialism, capitalist dictatorship, or global chaos if we should fail. America is Still the Best Hope, as this eminently sensible, profoundly inspiring volume so powerfully proves.
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Commonweal

Author: Michael Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Thought

Author: Wilfrid Parsons,Francis Xavier Talbot,Gerald Groveland Walsh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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The Modern Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Socialism

Page: N.A

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Includes section "Comments and reviews."
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In Anger

British Culture in the Cold War, 1945-60

Author: Robert Hewison

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cold War

Page: 230

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Silent Invasion

China's influence in Australia

Author: Clive Hamilton

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1743585446

Category: Reference

Page: 376

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In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.
 
In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chinese government’s influence in Australia. What he found shocked him.
 
From politics to culture, real estate to agriculture, universities to unions, and even in our primary schools, he uncovered compelling evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australia. Sophisticated influence operations target Australia’s elites, and parts of the large Chinese-Australian diaspora have been mobilised to buy access to politicians, limit academic freedom, intimidate critics, collect information for Chinese intelligence agencies, and protest in the streets against Australian government policy. It’s no exaggeration to say the Chinese Communist Party and Australian democracy are on a collision course. The CCP is determined to win, while Australia looks the other way.
 
Thoroughly researched and powerfully argued, Silent Invasion is a sobering examination of the mounting threats to democratic freedoms Australians have for too long taken for granted. Yes, China is important to our economic prosperity; but, Hamilton asks, how much is our sovereignty as a nation worth?

Anyone keen to understand how China draws other countries into its sphere of influence should start with Silent Invasion. This is an important book for the future of Australia. But tug on the threads of China’s influence networks in Australia and its global network of influence operations starts to unravel.Professor John Fitzgerald, author of Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia

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Origins of the Welfare State

Author: Nicholas Deakin

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415233941

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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A range of different proposals were widely canvassed during the war years - the selection here is intended to resurrect a number of those that have subsequently dropped out of circulation but were influential in the climate of the times. A final section covers a number of early assessments of the implications of the introduction of welfare state legislation. Although the implementation of the welfare programme was in effect a bipartisan process it did not take long for doubts to be expressed. Some were directed at the principles on which the welfare state was being constructed. The collection closes with the discovery that poverty, whose banishment was a key objective of the whole enterprise, was still very much present.
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Report of the [national] Conference

Author: National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards (U.S.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Teachers

Page: N.A

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World Without Mind

The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Author: Franklin Foer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101981113

Category: HISTORY

Page: 257

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Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science, Foer puts the DNA of the very idea of "tech" under the microscope. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are breaking laws intended to protect intellectual property and privacy. This is not the path towards freedom and prosperity, but the total automation and homogenization of our social, political, and intellectual lives. Today's corporate giants want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our lives. Foer both indicts these companies, and shapes a path towards reining them in.
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