A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream

A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream Details

A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions

Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars rage on campus, in the media, social media, and other arenas of our common life. And for too many Americans, alienation can descend into despair, weakening families and communities and even driving an explosion of opioid abuse.


Left and right alike have responded with populist anger at our institutions, and use only metaphors of destruction to describe the path forward: cleaning house, draining swamps. But, as Yuval Levin argues, this is a misguided prescription, rooted in a defective diagnosis. The social crisis we confront is defined not by an oppressive presence but by a debilitating absence of the forces that unite us and militate against alienation.


As Levin argues, now is not a time to tear down, but rather to build and rebuild by committing ourselves to the institutions around us. From the military to churches, from families to schools, these institutions provide the forms and structures we need to be free. By taking concrete steps to help them be more trustworthy, we can renew the ties that bind Americans to one another.


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    A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream Reviews

  • Brian Denton

    In his new book, A Time to Build, scholar Yuval Levin identifies the hollowing out and decay of our institutions as the primary cause of contemporary American civic corruption. According to Levin inst...

  • Michael

    I recently heard this author speaking on NPR, then followed up with a longer interview on a podcast. Intrigued, I bought his book and enjoyed it. It's not long (a little more than 200 pages). My only ...

  • Ivan

    Yuval Levin digs deeper into what he explored in his book ‘The Fractured Republic.’ He speaks my institutional love language. Keen analysis on some of the cultural fracture we’re observing and h...

  • John Minster

    This book is outstanding. Levin brings perceptive, interesting analysis to all the major facets of our American society. He has a counter-cultural communal vision that cuts to the heart of the present...

  • Curtis

    This book is a fantastic expansion upon the lectures the author gave at Princeton a couple years ago. In this book, he argues convincingly that the reason polarization and factionalism have been signi...