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American Anxiety: Interpersonal Engagement and Our Failure At It

by Kevin Carty

There is a fascinating and far-reaching anxiety gripping America today. It is managing, counter-intuitively, to unite the libertarian Charles Murray, the liberal Chris Hayes, the dark comic Louis C.K, the communitarian Michael Sandel, the socially conservative Ross Douthat, the popular and ever-pertinent Lena Dunham, and sociologist Robert Putnam. It is expressed in many great books, a number of good articles, and a couple of amazing television shows. It is focused on an issue that is as opaque as it is essential to human flourishing, and it very well may prove itself to be the chief domestic challenge to America’s youngest generation.