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The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christopher Caldwell

Narrated By: Christopher Caldwell

Date: January 2020

Duration: 11 hours 8 minutes

Summary:

A major American intellectual makes the historical case that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, instead left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled—and ready to put an adventurer in the White House.

Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high—in wealth, freedom, and social stability—and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations.

Caldwell reveals the real political turning points of the past half century, taking readers on a roller-coaster ride through Playboy magazine, affirmative action, CB radio, leveraged buyouts, iPhones, Oxycontin, Black Lives Matter, and Internet cookies. In doing so, he shows that attempts to redress the injustices of the past have left Americans living under two different ideas of what it means to play by the rules.

Essential, timely, hard to put down, The Age of Entitlement is a brilliant and ambitious argument about how the reforms of the past fifty years gave the country two incompatible political systems—and drove it toward conflict.

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  • David C.

    Some interesting theories but not as thought provoking as I thought it would be. But I did find it interesting that the author made the point about two constitutions and that the additional rights and benefits the administrative state created needed to be funded and that Ronald Reagan’s refusal tax to pay for these benefits was the beginning of the growth of debt and deficits. That these benefits were being funded by future generations and the collapse of 2008 was the coming to terms with that.

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