Tragedy of American Compassion / Edition 1 available in Paperback
About the Author:
Marvin Olasky (PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan) is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, vice president for academic affairs at The King's College in New York, and editor-in-chief of World Magazine
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About the Author
Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.
Amy L. Sherman (PhD, University of Virginia) is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She is the author of six books and over eighty articles in a variety of periodicals. Sherman has served for several years as a senior fellow with the International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice.
Table of Contents
Foreword Amy L. Sherman vii
Introduction: The Current Impasse 3
The Early American Model of Compassion 6
Turning Cities into Countryside 24
First Challenge to the Charity 42
The Social Darwinist Threat 60
Proving Social Darwinism Wrong 80
The Seven Marks of Compassion 99
And Why Not Do More? 116
Excitement of a New Century 134
Selling New Deals, Old Wineskins 151
Revolution-and Its Heartbreak 167
Questions of the 1970s and the 1980s 184
Putting Compassion into Practice 200
Applying History 217
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"Significant changes in government social welfare policy have unfolded since The Tragedy of American Compassion emerged in 1992-just think about the paradigm-shifting federal welfare reform of 1996. Both the book's critics and its promoters would argue that Olasky's ideas mattered and gave shape, to some degree, to some of those changes."
Amy L. Sherman,Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research; author, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
"Those who read and understand Olasky's work will be better prepared to move creatively in affirming the dignity of the poor, and in affirming work as a virtue."
John M. Perkins, President, John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development
"For domestic policy understanding, no better book recommends itself than Marvin Olasky's splendid The Tragedy of American Compassion."
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"One of 'eight books that changed America.'"
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Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal
"There is no disagreement between liberals and conservatives about whether to help the lot of the poor, but there is grave disagreement about how to help them, especially because the wrong kind of 'help' is more likely to harm. In The Tragedy of American Compassion, Marvin Olasky shows that although government can assist the merciful efforts of persons, organizations, and communities of faith, it cannot take their place."
J. Budziszewski, Professor of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; author of What We Can't Not Know: A Guide
"A comprehensive, well documented, and much needed study of the decline of true compassion that provides fresh analysis and provocative insight into the causes and cures of this American tragedy. Must reading for people who want to understand and help correct the plight of hurting people."
Anthony T. Evans, Founder, The Urban Alternative
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Outstanding book and should be a must read for anyone who studies trends in American society.
This book does a fantastic job of presenting its insight and defending it. For that I rate it highly. However, it totally ignores the likelihood of a structural side of poverty and that is a large omission. The only way you wouldn't see that about this book is if you happen to have been 'beating your head against the issue' for so long that you are now brain-dead.