The Common Good

The Common Good

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From the best-selling author of Saving Capitalism and The Work of Nations , a passionate, clear-eyed manifesto on why we must restore the idea of the common good to the center of our economics and politics.

With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Robert B. Reich makes the case for a generous, inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good, and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. Over the course of the past five decades, Reich contends, America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle--one that can and must be reversed. But first we need to weigh what really matters, and how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership.
Powerful, urgent, and utterly vital, this is a heartfelt missive from one of our foremost political thinkers: a fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save America's soul.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525520498
Characteristics: 193 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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May 09, 2018

Starting in the late 1970's, Ayn Rand's philosophy that the only good is that each person fights for his/her self-interest, which in turn means that man should not take interest in others (or what is known as the common good) grew in popularity. Robert Reich discusses the last half century's degradation of the common good in America and discusses what should be done to rebuild it to where it was when Americans got together with Europeans in mid-20th century to defeat fascism.


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