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Rebuilding the Republic: New York Times op/ed conservative commentator Ross Douthat

"This isn’t a book about moral decline, or at least it isn’t only about that. Rather, I’m using decadence to describe a situation that rich societies enter into once they stop advancing, stop having new frontiers to explore, stop having pride in their own past and confidence in their future.”

-- Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a conservative columnist for the New York Times op-ed page. His column appears every Tuesday and Sunday, and he co-hosts the Times Op-Ed podcast, "The Argument." Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger on its website.

He is the author of The Decadent Society: America Before and After the Pandemic (new paperback edition published in March 2021). His other books include To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, and a co-author with Reihan Salam of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. He is the film critic for National Review.

“Ross Douthat is the rare pundit who has managed to keep his head through the ideological turbulence of recent times — and his new book grows out of his characteristic equanimity and good sense.” — Damon Linker, The Week

“It is a testament to [Douthat's] singular skill and wisdom, then, that he has written so thoughtful and compelling a book that bemoans the end of progress. The Decadent Society is Douthat at his best—clever, considered, counterintuitive, and shot through with insight about modern America.” — The Washington Free Beacon

You may purchase his book at the local, independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

More about Ross Douthat:

Douthat's The Decadent Society, March 6, 2020, Christianity Today


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