Since the election of Barack Obama, increasing numbers of Americans have begun to express fears that they are losing the country they grew up in. And unfortunately, argues economist and commentator Thomas Sowell, they may be right. "While the Obama administration in Washington is not the root cause of the ominous dangers that face this country," writes Sowell in Dismantling America, "it is the embodiment, the personification and the culmination of dangerous trends that began decades ago. Moreover, it has escalated those dangers to what may be a point of no return."
The specifics of the missteps and the misdeeds of this administration are among the things chronicled in the essays collected here, which first appeared as Sowell's syndicated newspaper columns. "Our concern is not with one man but with a country, though history has shown repeatedly that one man in a key position can bring down a whole country in ruins. But history is just one of the things whose neglect has contributed toward the confluence of forces that can produce a perfect storm. When we look back at the decades-long erosions and distortions of our educational system, our legal system and our political system, we must acknowledge the chilling fact that the kinds of dangers we face now were always inherent in these degenerating trends. The essays that follow deal with these trends individually, but it may help to keep in mind that they were all going on at the same time, and that these are the dangers whose coming together can create a perfect storm."
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