Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy

Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy

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by Bill Ivey
     
 

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Handmaking America reaches back to the Arts-and-Crafts roots of progressive thought, advancing a practical, achievable vision for a society that recovers the essential strength of the American idea.

America has survived a near economic disaster. While the state of employment and housing will one day improve, we will never return to the false prosperity that

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Handmaking America reaches back to the Arts-and-Crafts roots of progressive thought, advancing a practical, achievable vision for a society that recovers the essential strength of the American idea.

America has survived a near economic disaster. While the state of employment and housing will one day improve, we will never return to the false prosperity that defined the first decade of the 21st century. Progressives hold the key to quality of life in our coming post-consumerist society. We need to confront right-wing ideology and how post-industrial capitalism has undermined work, government, and our very way of life. We need to move beyond the think-tank induced assumption that an unfettered marketplace, low taxes, and international adventurism will somehow give us an America capable of inspiring the world. Handmaking America is an ambitious, wide-ranging look at where America has gone and what we need to do to get back on the right track.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619020535
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Ivey is the founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. During his long tenure in public service, he served as Senate-confirmed chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and in that capacity is credited with both increasing the agency’s budget and restoring good relations between the NEA and Capitol Hill. He is a trustee of the Center for American Progress, and served as a Team Leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition. He is the author of Arts, Inc. How Greed and Neglect have Destroyed our Cultural Rights, and Engaging Art: the Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life. As past president of the American Folklore Society, he today serves as China Liaison for that group. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, if everyone would read this we could be on our way to creating a more satisfying way of life for us all. Bill Ivey talks about visions for work, governing, and consuming that are quite different from what we've come to accept as normal and expected. I'm inspired!