The Clinton scandals. The Rise of militia and patriot groups. The proliferation of ?trash? TV. Record U.S. trade deficits. Isolated events, or is there some connecting thread? Susan Tolchin says it's anger?mainstream, inclusive, legitimate public anger?and it's not going to vanish until we as a polity acknowledge it and harness its power. How to tap into this pervasive political anger and release its creative energy without being swept away by its force is the dilemma of the 1990s for government leaders and citizens alike. The second edition of this acclaimed volume has been completed revised and updated to account for the ways in which recent events have contributed to the history, causes, and consequences of anger in American politics today. The book embraces positive solutions to problems we are all entitled to be angry about: economic uncertainty, cultural divisiveness, political disintegration, and a world changing faster than our ability to assimilate. Tolchin's solutions incorporate a renewed sense of community, enhanced political access, and responsive rather than reactive government.

chapter 1|22 pages

Political Anger

The Dilemma of Voter Rage for Democratic Government

chapter 2|28 pages

America and Its Discontents

The Roots of Antigovernment Anger

chapter 3|28 pages

The Visible Ceiling

Economic Uncertainty and Political Anger

chapter 4|29 pages

The Cultural Divide

Zones of Intolerance on the Battlefield of Values

chapter 5|34 pages

Raging Pol

Governing Angry Americans

chapter 6|19 pages

The Vision Thing

Competing Angers and Political Change