Slouching towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline

By Robert H. Bork
Read by Barrett Whitener

13.13 Hours 01/01/1997 unabridged
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Welcome to America, 1996. The “rough beast” that visionary poet Yeats foresaw in 1919 is now a full-grown monster of decadence several generations deep. As a nation, we are pursuing a path toward Gomorrah, the biblical city burned to the ground for the sinfulness of its people. In Slouching towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. The root of our decline, Bork argues, is the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. Bork traces modern liberalism through the past two and a half centuries and suggests how it may have arisen from the very nature of western civilization itself.

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Welcome to America, 1996. The “rough beast” that visionary poet Yeats foresaw in 1919 is now a full-grown monster of decadence several generations deep. As a nation, we are pursuing a path toward Gomorrah, the biblical city burned to the ground for the sinfulness of its people.

In Slouching towards Gomorrah, one of our nation's most distinguished conservative scholars offers a prophetic view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling. The root of our decline, Bork argues, is the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism. Bork traces modern liberalism through the past two and a half centuries and suggests how it may have arisen from the very nature of western civilization itself.

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“A brilliant blend of passionate conviction and sustained argument. May be the most important book of the ’90s.” Michael Novak, bestselling author
“Reader Barrett Whitener projects a confident newscaster’s voice…never stumbling no matter how difficult the terminology.” AudioFile
“Strongly recommended for public libraries.” Library Journal
“Forthright and magisterial, this is a fine summary of ‘social conservativism,’ one those who want to understand that position should read first.” Booklist 
“A thoughtful conservative’s devastating judgment on intemperate liberalism, one that seems sure to reopen the bitter national debate over individual rights and responsibilities.” Kirkus Reviews
“[Bork] methodically takes us through the sectors of our experience which have been infected by the excesses of post-1960s liberalism…On each of these topics Bork brings to bear an astonishing range of information and argument.” Commentary Magazine

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Author Bio: Robert H. Bork

Robert H. Bork (1927–2012) received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Chicago. He was a partner at a major law firm, taught constitutional law at Yale Law School, served as solicitor general and as acting attorney general of the United States, and served as a United States Court of Appeals judge. He was also the author of the bestselling The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law.

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Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 13.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English