Past Event

Our Divided Political Heart

The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Please join the Progressive Studies Program for a discussion with leading political journalist E.J. Dionne Jr. as we discuss his new book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent. This is the second event in CAP’s Values and the 2012 Election series.

Offering an incisive analysis of how hyperindividualism is poisoning the nation’s political atmosphere, Dionne argues that Americans can’t agree on who we are because we can’t agree on who we’ve been, or what it is, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us Americans. Dionne takes on the Tea Party’s distortions of American history and shows that the true American tradition points not to radical individualism, but to a balance between our love of individualism and our devotion to community. The true American idea has always viewed the federal government as an active and constructive partner with the rest of society in promoting prosperity, opportunity, and American greatness.

Copies of Our Divided Political Heart will be available for purchase at the event.

Featured author:
E.J. Dionne Jr., author, Our Divided Political Heart; columnist, Washington Post

Moderated by:
John Halpin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress