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Suicide Of The West


Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg (Release Date: April 24, 2018)

With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture, two-time NYT bestselling author, syndicated columnist, National Review senior editor, and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism.
 
Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history—in 18th century England when we accidentally discovered the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism.
 
As Americans we are doubly blessed that those radical ideas were written into the Constitution, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society:
·        Our rights come from God not from the government.
·        The government belongs to us; we do not belong to the government.
·        The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls.
·        The fruits of our labors belong to us.
 
In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation and “white privilege,” the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right.

At a moment when authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism, and cults of personality are rotting our democracy from within, Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals that led us out of the bloody muck of the past – or back to the muck we will go.

Suicide is painless, liberty takes work.


  

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The Oak Ridge Boys


 

The Oak Ridge Boys - 17th Avenue Revival (2018 Lightning Rod Records)

The Oak Ridge Boys are back with a new album, 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb.

This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced their album The Boys Are Back in 2009. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville.

“Dave brought music with spirit and a magical feel to the studio. It became a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual revival for The Oak Ridge Boys,” says the group’s William Lee Golden.

“Having been in The Oak Ridge Boys for almost 52 years,” says Duane Allen, “it can be difficult for me to imagine a place where we have not been. However, Dave Cobb had that vision, and the result is 17th Avenue Revival.”

“Legendary Studio A on 17th Avenue South became a special, almost spiritual place, and for a few weeks it served as a beacon of creativity,” says Allen.

Track Listing:

1. “Brand New Star” (Aaron Raitiere & Mando Saenz)

2. “There Will Be Light” (Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell & Buddy Cannon)

3. “God’s Got It” (Charlie Jackson)

4. “I’d Rather Have Jesus” (Rhea Miller & George Beverly Shea)

5. “Walk in Jerusalem” (Traditional /Public Domain)

6. “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow” (Ernest W. Blandy / Public Domain)

7. “Pray to Jesus” (Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally)

8. “If I Die” (Ashley Monroe & Vince Gill)

9. “Let It Shine on Me” (Vince Gill & Ashley Monroe)

 

      

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