Bill Moyers Journal: The Conservative Heart + Deepening the American Dream

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Bill Moyers Journal
July 11, 2008

The Conservative Heart

What’s happened to the conservative movement in America? Conservatives Mickey Edwards and Ross Douthat discuss why they believe their movement has gone off track during the last eight years and what it means for the Republican Party. Douthat is senior editor at THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY and co-author of GRAND NEW PARTY, and Mickey Edwards is a former Republican Congressman and author of RECLAIMING CONSERVATISM.

Part I

Part II

Deepening the American Dream

“That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.”

The first use of the phrase “American Dream” was in James Truslow Adams’s 1931 book THE EPIC OF AMERICA. Of course, Adams was merely naming a thread in American history that stretched from the City on a Hill to Gold Mountain. But today some critics have charged the dream has become purely materialistic — while others see its reach limited to a lucky few.

Several years ago The Fetzer Institute, a funder of BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, set out on a quest to reassess the definition of The American Dream asking: Is the American Dream a vision or an illusion? Does social change depend on personal change? What values should the U.S. demonstrate in today’s world? Are there ways to think beyond geographic boundaries toward a common dream for our world? BILL MOYERS JOURNAL joins with The Fetzer Institute in continuing this inquiry in a special online feature. We’re asking our guests and our viewers what is their vision for the future of the American Dream — and how we can achieve those visions.

Video link and transcript


BILL MOYERS JOURNAL Deepening the American Dream PBS


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