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    On this episode of Acton Line, Acton's director of communications, John Couretas, speaks with Tim Carney, editor at the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at AEI. They talk about Tim's new book, "Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse." The "American Dream" is fading away in much of the country, and the problem isn't pure economics, nor is it a case of stubborn old white men falling behind because they refuse embrace progress. Tim argues that the root cause of our problems; crumbling families, despair, and political dysfunction, is the erosion of community and local, civil institutions, most especially church. The result of a secularizing country is a plague of alienation for the working class, as people struggle to build families and improve their lives without the support structure they need.

    Check out these additional resources on this week’s podcast topics:

    Register here to hear Tim Carney speak about his book at the upcoming Acton on Tap event

    Buy the book, "Alienated America: Why Some Place Thrive While Others Collapse," by Tim Carney

    Video: Timothy P. Carney On The Threat To Liberty From Big Business

    Read "More churches, more flourishing: The secret to success in middle America," by Joseph Sunde

    Read: While America is generally getting wealthier, disturbing trends among the working class are bubbling up to the surface.

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