The election of President Trump, through his campaign of race-baiting, sexual harassment, and blatant disregard for human decency, lowered the moral bar of American public discourse. Julius Bailey’s latest book discusses the current state of hypocrisy and mistrust in the American political system, especially as these affect ethnic minorities and low-income groups. In powerful and inspiring prose, Bailey writes with a voice well-informed by current events, empirical data, and philosophical observation. Bailey looks at the causes and consequences of this new era, and applies his passionate yet astute analysis to issues such as hate speech, gerrymandering, the use of the Confederate flag, and America’s relationship with the gun.
“Julius Bailey has written a timely book. With philosophical nuance and a clear focus on the practical challenges we face in the Age of Trump, Bailey demonstrates how bad faith corrodes democratic life in this country. He writes with passion and insight. He looks the darkness of the hour squarely in the face and still holds a hope that we can ‘tear down the edifices of hypocrisy and bad faith and replace them with edifices of truth… and good faith.’ I needed to read this book!”
“Dr. Bailey offers a sophisticated understanding of our current sociopolitical climate and the structural realities that inhibit efforts to advance equity and inclusion. He eloquently reminds us of our moral responsibility to align values and actions, resist racist policies that perpetuate inequality, and demand leaders be held accountable for their actions. His aspirational vision for a civil, multiracial democracy is built on a commitment to search for truth as well as authentic engagement with others recognizing the promise of intersectionality in building powerful communities of hope. This vision is heartening for those of good will who value the powerful ties that bind us together in the common endeavor of finally delivering on America’s promise of freedom, opportunity, equality and justice for all.”President, Saint Xavier University
“Julius Bailey is one of the most original and courageous philosophers of his generation. In this powerful text, we once again see his unique ability to wed his sharp analysis and philosophical acumen to our American contemporary crises!”Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University.
“Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love is the prophetic thunder that is needed in such a time as this. The book is meant to convict and convert us to a higher moral standard grounded in truth and justice, instead of hypocrisy and bad faith.”The University of Memphis