Why Not Moderation?

Letters to Young Radicals

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Buy on Amazon Buy on BN.com Buy on Bookshop.org
*This page contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

1
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add kindle@netgalley.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 28 Sep 2023

Talking about this book? Use #WhyNotModeration #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

Moderation is often presented as a simple virtue for lukewarm and indecisive minds, searching for a fuzzy center between the extremes. Not surprisingly, many politicians do not want to be labelled 'moderates' for fear of losing elections. Why Not Moderation? challenges this conventional image and shows that moderation is a complex virtue with a rich tradition and unexplored radical sides. Through a series of imaginary letters between a passionate moderate and two young radicals, the book outlines the distinctive political vision undergirding moderation and makes a case for why we need this virtue today in America. Drawing on clearly written and compelling sources, Craiutu offers an opportunity to rethink moderation and participate in the important public debate on what kind of society we want to live in. His book reminds us that we cannot afford to bargain away the liberal civilization and open society we have inherited from our forefathers.

Moderation is often presented as a simple virtue for lukewarm and indecisive minds, searching for a fuzzy center between the extremes. Not surprisingly, many politicians do not want to be labelled...


Advance Praise

"For far too long, “moderate” has been a label used in political discourse as a term of derision, meant to imply weakness and lack of conviction, which is nonsense. Thank you Aurelian Craiutu for producing an overdue, well- researched, witty and robust defense of the ideas of those of us - a plurality - who aren’t represented by those partisan extremists with outsized influence."

- Michael Smerconish, SiriusXM and CNN host

“What could be more radical in our polarized era than a spirited defense of political and intellectual moderation? In this bold and eloquently written book, Aurelian Craiutu engages the most potent arguments of the anti-liberal Left and Right, all the while at once making the case for a more moderate approach and enacting it right before our eyes. Whether you’re tempted by the extremes or looking to maintain your equilibrium through the ideological turbulence of our times, the book is invaluable.”

- Damon Linker writes the subscription newsletter “Eyes on the Right” at Substack

Moderation is not a mushy, middling muddle; it is an time-honored philosophy and a powerful strategy for making the world better off. If you're exhausted by apocalyptic rhetoric, radical posturing, and "Flight 93" politics, you'll find in this learned, practical, and witty book the manual to land the plane. With “Why Not Moderation?”, Aurelian Craiutu launches a different MAGA movement, one which is urgently needed and long overdue: Make America Governable Again.

- Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution


"For far too long, “moderate” has been a label used in political discourse as a term of derision, meant to imply weakness and lack of conviction, which is nonsense. Thank you Aurelian Craiutu for...


Available Editions

EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781108494953
PRICE $24.95 (USD)
PAGES 260

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Send to Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 5 members


Readers who liked this book also liked: