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Needed to counteract the dry treatment of economic texts,
This review is from: I'll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society (Paperback)
I teach economics, and even I find it techie, dry and obtuse. My biggest concern is how do I keep the students awake. Economics needs a more human face than the abstact and disinteresting material we push at students using traditional text books. So I require a book report. This book should be a favorite because it is SHORT and to the point. It talks about economics in the context of a healthy society.
I feel that economic activity must be shaped by the culture of society rather than becoming the culture. That's whats happened here in the US. People need equal opportunity to realize their dreams. I like Reich's points of view, albeit liberal, as I do conservative commentators who are not simply pro-business profits because they talk about how to make our society more livable and fair or everyone. Fair? Yes. I did say fair. I'm tired of people dancing around this term. Its fair to demand that economics teach people that equal opportunity is the only fair alternative to socialism.