The Death of Politics -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Politicians have, at least in my lifetime, been a bit suspect. The political system is fragile and at different times pundits will pronounce its doom. So, in this essay, Martin Marty takes note of two works, published fifty years apart that carry the title The Death of Politics. The two works are very different. One took an anarchist bent (the one from 1969), while the one written in 2019 seeks to offer a prescription that might bring healing to a fractured system. Marty takes note of the differences and the suggestions, noting the similarity between the new book by Peter Wehner, which Marty suggests shares some similarities in vision to Jon Meacham's recent The Soul of America. Take a read. Consider whether politics is dead or can be reclaimed.