Eight Ways to Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Eight Ways to Run the Country: A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Political partisans want you to choose only between Left and Right, Red and Blue, Us and Them. But the reality is that Americans are deeply divided in more ways than one, and the savvy voter, no less than the savvy politician, must make more sense of things. "Eight Ways to Run the Country" explains what conventional political theory cannot, offering a profoundly illuminati...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Praeger
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Eight Ways to Run the Country, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Eight Ways to Run the Country

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 40)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I decided to make my own little 2-dimensional map of the political landscape. First I listed a few of the political camps I perceive in the American landscape. Then I thought about the dimensions that might distinguish them. On the horizontal access I had progressive on the left vs. conservative on the right. On the vertical access centralization of power (i.e. bureaucratization) at the top and decentralization of power at the bottom. Searching the web to find similar political maps I came acros...more
Wow. This book was cool! I've been very dissatisfied with the current "Left/Right--Republican/Democrat" split. I think it really no longer serves us well, if it ever did. This book has a fascinating theoretical model of political belief and tradition, along two axes--one "archy/anarchy" and the other "kratos/akrateia" with a resulting placement of eight different political traditions around the "compass" Most interesting, although I still really don't know exactly where to place myself (Most lik...more
One of my fed. colleagues gave me his book earlier this year, and I was fairly shocked after reading it that I had never heard of him beforehand, or that his book wasn't in every PolySci 100 class in America. This is one of the most thoughtful, accessible, interesting depictions of our prominent political categories you could ever hope to find. From neoconservatism to communitarianism to theoconservatism, anyone with an interest in politics will find this a great read.
The old classifications of Left and Right, Conservative and Liberal no longer apply. In this book, Mitchell breaks down America's ideological landscape into 8 "parties," and talks about the distinction between power (kratos) and authority (arche). This helps to shed light on the controversies that revolve around "separation of church and state" arguments, which seem to be happening more and more. It's a short book that will really change the way you think about politics.
This really helped me understand the various points of view and who the players are. Although the subject is very complex, the author did an excellent job making it easy to understand and follow.
Laura marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2014
Libby marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2014
Love Jonson
Love Jonson marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2014
Emre Poyraz
Emre Poyraz marked it as to-read
Nov 27, 2013
Stephen Gosling
Stephen Gosling marked it as to-read
Nov 22, 2013
Aleksandar Maksimovic
Aleksandar Maksimovic marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2013
Andru added it
Sep 26, 2013
Scott marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2013
David marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2013
Brenton marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2012
Joshua Oakley
Joshua Oakley marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2012
Manny marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2012
Bryce marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2011
Luke added it
Oct 08, 2013
Rebecca marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2010
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Author Brian Patrick Mitchell is a former soldier and journalist, the author of several nonfiction books and scholarly articles on politics and religion, and a deacon of the Orthodox Church. He and his wife have three grown children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
More about Brian Patrick Mitchell...
A Crown of Life: A Novel of the Great Persecution A Crown of Life: A Novel of the Great Persecution

Share This Book