The Rise Of the American “Strongman” was predicted in 1998 by Richard Rorty


Achieving Our Country Richard Rorty

Today’s Book Selection — from Achieving Our Country Richard Rorty. In 1979, children from the top socioeconomic quarter of Ameri­can families were four times more likely to get a college de­gree than those from the bottom quarter; now they are ten times more likely. In 1998, American philosopher and academic Richard Rorty wrote of the emerging political and social divisions in America and predicted the emergence of a “strongman” in American politics.

Whether readers agree or disagree with Rorty’s writings [which includes some statements more pungent than those included below] , the fact that he wrote so directly about this phenomenon almost twenty years ago is intriguing and merits reflection:

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