Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It

Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It


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"Yup, it is my fault — and yours. How assuming responsibility makes us better people: 'Crisis of Responsibility' by the inimitable @davidbahnsen"—Amity Shlaes, Author of The Forgotten Man

The left and right have gone to great lengths to blame the problems plaguing our society but neither Washington DC, Wall Street, Mexico, China, the Feds, nor the media are the cause of our problems—nor are they the cure.

Across the globe a “revolt” of sorts is taking place against elitism. No more will big government, big media, big banks, big bureaucracy, and big institutions hold the secret nuggets of truth and dictate our lives and fortunes. Financial markets, political punditry, and cultural leaders are all scrambling to react to the rise of the often disenfranchised.

But what happens after all the bogeymen have been vanquished? What if opposing the incompetence of the European Union, the biases of the American media, the corruption of crony capitalism, the arrogance of political power brokers, and allegedly unfair global trade deals is not enough?

The key to American prosperity in this new era of populism is for moral people to make responsibility matter again by renewing personal virtue and form lasting, mediating institutions that will trump the elitist bogeymen and scapegoats for generations to come.

If we fail as individual Americans to address this core crisis of responsibility, we have only ourselves to blame for what happens next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682616253
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David L. Bahnsen is the Managing Partner of The Bahnsen Group of HighTower Advisors, managing over $1 billion of capital. He is a frequent guest on Fox Business and CNBC, and is annually recognized as one of the top advisors in the country by Barron’s, Financial Times, and others.

Table of Contents

Foreword David French xiii

Introduction: How This Book Became a Book xvii

1 Building Walls: A New Era 1

2 Name Your Bogeyman: Wall Street, Washington, NAFTA, China, Mexico, and the Media 15

3 Disintegrating Responsibility: The Social Foreshadowing to the Present Crisis 31

4 Occupy Main Street: The Moral Confusion of Vindicating the Culprit 45

5 The Robots Are Coming: What Free Trade and Automation Mean for the American Worker 67

8 Pro-Business or Pro-Crony: Where Corruption Erodes Our Cultural DNA 77

7 Empowerment Through Educational Choice: The Great Civil Rights Issue of Our Day 89

8 Where Culture Trumps Green Card: Patriotism, Immigration, and Nationalism 99

9 Higher Education's Safe Spaces: Kerosene on the Crisis 111

10 Government by the People, for the People: Why the Stunning Incompetence and Inefficiency of Big Government Is the People's Problem 119

11 The Responsibility Remedy: Ten Ways You Can Compete, Prepare, Defend, and Get Ahead 133

12 The Cultural Remedy for Main Street: A Vision for a Free and Virtuous Society 151

Endnotes 161

Acknowledgments 167

About the Author 171

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