The Politics of Petulance

In his latest book, Boston College Professor Emeritus of Political Science Alan Wolfe states that the nation is in an age of political immaturity. He calls on public intellectuals to step up today to challenge the president and demagoguery, similar to the way political thinkers like Richard Hofstadter, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling took on McCarthyism. Wolfe, the founding director of BC’s Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, is the author of more than 20 books on politics, religion, moral freedom, and democracy. Read a book review of The Politics of Petulance: America in an Age of Immaturity  (The University of Chicago Press, 2018) in the New York Times.

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