In “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream,” Yuval Levin examines the ongoing failures of our institutions, which is shaping up to be a major threat to America’s welfare and security. As the editor of “National Affairs” and the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Levin is well-suited to address the concern. “A Time to Build” itself builds on Levin’s earlier book, “The Fractured Republic,” which looked at the broader divisions in American life since the mid-twentieth century.
Levin’s analysis is deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian view of man’s fallen nature, straight out of the book of Genesis. He has a very old-testament view of man: “It begins from the premise that human beings are born as crooked creatures prone to waywardness and sin, that we therefore always require moral and social formation, and that such formation