The Good Society: The Human Agenda
The legendary economist explains how a nation can remain both compassionate and fiscally sound, with “common sense raised to the level of genius” (The New Yorker).
This compact, eloquent book offers a blueprint for a workable national agenda that allows for human weakness without compromising a humane culture. Arguing that it is in the best interest of the United States to avoid excessive wealth and income inequality, and to safeguard the well-being of its citizens, he explores how the goal of a good society can be achieved in an economically feasible way.
Touching on topics from regulation, inflation, and deficits to education, the environment, bureaucracy, and the military, Galbraith avoids purely partisan or rigid ideological politics—instead addressing practical problems with logic and well-thought-out principles.
“Carefully reasoned . . . the pragmatically liberal Galbraith [argues] that both socialism and complete surrender to market forces are irrelevant as guides to public action.” —Publishers Weekly
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
Although this was written 20 years ago, the topics it touches on remain disturbingly current. America has made little if any progress toward becoming what Galbraith calls a 'good society'. That's not ... Read full review
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Though now somewhat dated (published 1996) and USA-centric, this book remains well worth reading, so long as you read it critically. Galbraith recognises that capitalism is here to stay, but wants it ... Read full review
13 The Autonomous Military Power
14 The Bureaucratic Syndrome
15 Foreign Policy The Economic and Social Dimension
The Shaping History
What the Good Society Must Do
18 The Political Context
9 The Decisive Role of Education
The Basic Principles
11 The Environment