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In this trenchant analysis of American society, the authors take an unabashed stance against the belief that 'bigger is better' and warn that size and technological complexity are not risk free.

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Naylor and William argue that our government, our cities, our corporations, our schools, our churches, our military, and our social welfare system are all too big, too powerful, too intrusive, too insular, and too unresponsive to the needs of individual citizens and small local communities. They propose specific strategies for decentralizing and downsizing virtually every major institution in America, including America itself. The authors audaciously call for the peaceful dissolution of the United States through secession and provide a thoughtful game plan for achieving this controversial objective.

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Naylor is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University; Willimon, a professor of Christian ministry at the same school. Although at first this may seem an unlikely pairing, Naylor and Willimon have successfully collaborated on several books. The Search for Meaning (1994) was based on an undergraduate seminar they, along with Magdalena Naylor, taught at Duke. Here the two move beyond campus to continue their search for purpose and significance. Practically everywhere they turn, they see Americans paying a high price for the bigness and complexity of modern society, and they warn that imposed unity and universality are false solutions. They invoke the image of the U.S. as a modern-day Babel and hold out rural areas as the only possibility of hope, "because in the countryside farms, villages, towns, schools, churches, and governments are still small enough to fix." Naylor and Willimon appropriate the term downsizing for their own use; it becomes a tool for clearing away the physical and spiritual clutter in our lives to help us discover that less really can be more. David Rouse

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