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The Dream and the Nightmare
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Myron Magnet

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The legacy of the subtitle, according to Magnet, a Fortune magazine editorial board member and Manhattan Institute for Policy Research analyst, is ``a liberal, left-of-central worldview'' that, despite the intentions of the 1960s counterculture advocates, divides our society more fully than ever into Haves and Have-Nots. The sexual revolution and the focus on free ``expressiveness'' had the effect of holding ``the poor back from advancement by robbing them of responsibility for their fate and thus further squelching their initiative and energy.'' The counterculture, as subscribed to by mainstream media, the federal courts and such figures as Ted Kennedy, befuddled the work ethic with idealistic notions of civil rights and fair wages. Finding a poverty of spirit in recent art, such as the fiction of Anne Beattie and Bret Easton Ellis, Magnet urges that we `` stop the current welfare system, stop quota-based affirmative action . . . stop letting bums expropriate public spaces . . . stop Afrocentric education in the schools.'' Magnet offers many examples of societal ills but fails to make a convincing case that the legacy of the counterculture is the culprit. (Mar.)

From Publishers Weekly: The legacy of the subtitle, according to Magnet, a Fortune magazine editorial board member and Manhattan Institute for Policy Research analyst, is "a liberal, left-of-central worldview" that, despite the intentions of the 1960s counterculture advocates, divides our society more fully than ever into Haves and Have-Nots. The sexual revolution and the focus on free "expressiveness" had the effect of holding "the poor back from advancement by robbing them of responsibility for their fate and thus further squelching their initiative and energy." The counterculture, as subscribed to by mainstream media, the federal courts and such figures as Ted Kennedy, befuddled the work ethic with idealistic notions of civil rights and fair wages. Finding a poverty of spirit in recent art, such as the fiction of Anne Beattie and Bret Easton Ellis, Magnet urges that we " stop the current welfare system, stop quota-based affirmative action . . . stop letting bums expropriate public spaces . . . stop Afrocentric education in the schools." Magnet offers many examples of societal ills but fails to make a convincing case that the legacy of the counterculture is the culprit. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

"To read Magnet is to realize that the conservative critique of contemporary America is the more-- indeed the only-- radical critique just now."
- George F. Will "The book of the decade...the most insightful analysis of what has gone wrong in America during the past thirty years I've seen."
- Mona Charen, syndicated columnist "It is rare for a single short book to case such penetrating light on the world in which we live that it instantly becomes an indispensable guide to the outstanding question of the day...The Dream and the Nightmare is a work of this extraordinary kind."
- Hilton Kramer, The New Criterion "An absorbing tale of how the honorable intentions of liberal do-gooders produced tragic consequences. It is also at heart a profoundly optimistic book...Many writers have addressed this topic in recent years but few have done so with more wisdom or more passion than Mr. Magnet."
- The Wall Street Journal "Guaranteed non-PC from beginning to end."
- Tom Wolfe "This superbly written and well argued book should stimulate discussions across the breadth of the political spectrum."
- National Review "A powerful analysis of the ties between 1960s-era intellectual trends and contemporary urban social breakdown."
- New York Post "It is a superb book, thoughtful and impassioned."
- Irving Kristol "A masterly overview...that yields extraordinary explanatory power."
- Carolyn Lochhead, Reason

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