In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers will Save our Republic

  • 2h 46m
  • Cedric L. Alexander
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2020

When those we elect descend into partisan tribalism, criminal malfeasance, and emulation of foreign autocracies and oligarchies, Cedric Alexander says it is the unelected apolitical "fourth branch" of government--our nation's public servants, civil servants, and first responders--who must save the nation.

Alexander, a former deputy mayor, police chief, and CNN commentator, argues that these people do not constitute a nefarious "deep state" pursuing a hidden agenda. They are the analysts, scientists, lawyers, accountants, educators, consultants, enforcers of regulations, and first responders of every kind who keep the country running and its people safe. Alexander recounts the evolution of the professional civil service as an antidote to widespread cronyism, offers examples of how it has served as a bulwark against powerful corrupting influences, and describes the role it can play in bringing our badly divided society together. To the general public, many of these 22 million people remain invisible and their contributions hidden. But now is the time to make the invisible visible.

About the Author

Cedric L. Alexander is the former deputy mayor of Rochester, NY and public safety director of DeKalb County, GA. He is also a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and has served as president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, as well as on President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He is a frequent contributor to law enforcement coverage for CNN and spoke at TEDx Yale 2019. He is also the author of The New Guardians: Policing in America's Communities for the 21st Century.

In this Book

  • Civil Servants and Servant Leaders
  • Shutdown
  • Two Nights I Could have been Killed (and why I wasn't)
  • All Politics is Local
  • Strange Bedfellows: Democracy and Special Interests
  • Democracy Defaults to Competence, and Competence Defaults to Moderation