Much has been made in the press of the "values voting" trend at the ballot box. And it's no joke — Americans voting their values are responding to a real moral crisis.
In "The Moral Center" (Harcourt, $24), the follow-up to "The Cheating Culture," author David Callahan argues that the problems for most Americans are not abortion and gay marriage, but rather issues that neither party is addressing — the selfishness that is careening out of control, the effect of our violent and consumerist culture on children and our lack of a greater purpose.
As Republicans veer into zealotry, liberals can find common ground with the moderate majority. But to alleviate the moral anxieties that drove GOP electoral victories, progressives need a powerful new vision.
In "The Moral Center," Callahan articulates that vision and offers an escape from the dead-end culture war. With insights garnered from in-depth research and interviews, he examines some of our most polarized conflicts and presents unexpected solutions that lay out a new road map to the American center.
In an age where no American can afford to be politically disengaged, "The Moral Center" makes a compelling case for a political course that we can all follow.