The Common Good (Real Story) Paperback – January 1, 1998
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- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1878825087
- ISBN-10 : 1878825089
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 7.25 inches
- Publisher : Odonian Press (January 1, 1998)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The premise of this work is that economic equality vouchsafes the common good and in fact, historically, democracy is unthinkable without it:
"The idea that wealth and democracy can't exist side by side runs right through the Enlightenment and classical liberalism, including major figures like de Tocqueville, Adam Smith, Jefferson and others. It was more or less assumed"(p. 6).
The book then takes up how "radical [economic] inequality" became the norm and instantiates itself in the USA and elsewhere in the world. The book also contains interesting discussions about the role of the left and pseudo-left in addressing issues concerning the common good as well as strategies for individuals to promote the common good.
A helpful list of organizations that promote the common good appear at the end, making the effect of the entire work both theoretically grounded and practically useful.
Noam Chomsky exhibits a certain sobriety that political pundits and lawmakers alike would be wise to adopt. If you are "Fox News" viewer, this book is liable to ruffle your feathers. If CNN is your flavor, this book is liable to ruffle your feathers. Noam stands alone with his well reasoned critique of power structures and the quality of life in America. Nobody is exempt from Chomsky's incisive criticism. Check it out!
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I firmly believe that Chomsky is one of the most important thinkers of this century. After you read him I almost guarantee you'll change the way you look at politics, economics, global affairs and especially the way the US implements it's foreign policy.
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