Our Divided Political Heart and the Election of 2012
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne delivered the annual Sorensen Lecture at Yale Divinity School on Nov. 27 on the topic “Our Divided Political Heart and the Election of 2012.”
Dionne, a practicing Roman Catholic, is one of the most prominent commentators on the American political scene today and writes and speaks frequently on the subject of faith, values, and politics.
The topic of his Nov. 27 talk was a spin-off from the title of his most recent book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012). In that book, Dionne challenges the concept of radical individualism as the guiding principle for American life and argues, rather, that the true American tradition embraces a balance between love of individualism and devotion to community. And, in response to popular diatribes against “big government,” he suggests that Americans have historically viewed the federal government as an active and constructive partner with the rest of society in promoting prosperity, opportunity, and American greatness.
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist
Recorded: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 5:30pm