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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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What's the Trouble? Social Crisis, Crisis of Civilization, or Both {1971}

What's the Trouble? Social Crisis, Crisis of Civilization, or Both {1971}

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(p.139) What's the Trouble? Social Crisis, Crisis of Civilization, or Both {1971}
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A Voice Still Heard
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Irving Howe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0010

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1971 essay “What's the Trouble?,” in which he describes the malaise afflicting America's youth as a “crisis of civilization.” Howe highlights social problems that he thinks are symptoms of this crisis, which he believes cannot be dissolved through acts of public policy. For Howe, a social crisis raises difficulties whereas a crisis of civilization raises dilemmas. He also provides a historical background on socialism and classical liberalism before concluding with a discussion of the repercussions of a crisis of civilization and the consequences of the failure of socialism.

Keywords:   youth, Irving Howe, What's the Trouble?, America, crisis of civilization, social problems, social crisis, socialism, classical liberalism

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