Francis Fukuyama recently proposed the following question: "Imagine, for a moment, an obscure scribbler today in a garret somewhere trying to outline an ideology of the future that could provide a realistic path toward a world with healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies. What would that ideology look like?"

Here is an attempt to answer that question. Adam Garfinkle, the editor of The American Interest magazine, analyzes what ails our society today and proposes a plan for how to fix things. The solutions range from common sense policy tweaks to a reimagining of the broad cultural contours of American life.

Coming on the heels of a presidential election in which both candidates seemed to go out of their ways to avoid talking about what matters most, this is a bracing read for our troubled times.