The Battle for the American Idea

Jul 25, 2012

Political commentator E.J. Dionne Jr. says that at the center of America's political dysfunction are two competing ideas – our love of individualism and our deep affection for community. It's a push and pull that Dionne traces back to the earliest days of our country, and he's written a new book that traces the history of that tension. Thursday, he joins Doug to make the case that America is at its best when these core values are in balance.


E.J. Dionne Jr. is a columnist for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. He appears weekly on NPR and regularly on MSNBC and NBC's Meet the Press. His book is called Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent