The Common Good

The Common Good 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.

Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University He is currently a professor at the Un

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Common Good
  • Robert B. Reich
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780525520498

10 thoughts on “The Common Good

  1. says:

    Just what I needed a progressive book that concentrates on the positive, by a man who points a way forward for us all Positive and forward are hard to do, under the yoke of King Donald the Mad.Robert Reich even manages to see the positive in Mad King Donald himself It is Trump who has brought us back to first principles, Reich argues, for he gets us talking about democracy versus tyrrany And Reich is convinced that the key to snatching democracy from the jaws of tyranny depends on our concern for the common good.What exactly is the common good Here is Reich s formulation The common good consists of our shared values about what we owe one another as citizens who are bound together in the same society the norms we voluntarily abide by,, and the ideals we see to achieve.A concern for the common good keeping the common good in mind is a moral attitude It recognizes that we are all in it together If there is no common good, there is no society. Speaking of norms we voluntarily abide by, Reich certainly has things to say about Trump as the principal contemporary violator of such norms, but he also makes it clear that our president is only the most recent manifestation of a trend that stretches back a generation. After mentioning a few contemporary examples Prescription Drug Lord Martin Shkreli, Wells Fargo CEO Joh...

  2. says:

    This is a very timely essay Reich takes a look at Adam Smith s economic design, ideal of truth and equitable competition Reich states we are a nation of law and order bound on the common good He says the enemies of the common good range from the slumlords to megabanks and untrammeled hedge funds These all disregard the rules of society for selfish gains Reich stresses the importance of the truth he proceeds to point out the problems caused by lies.Robert B Reich is following the lead of Sandra Day O Connor who is advocating the renewal of civic education to enable people to work with others to separate facts and logic from values and beliefs I found this to be a most interesting discussion and a good review of citizenship This book is easy to read My only complaint is the repetition of key points throughout the book Robert B Reich is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at t...

  3. says:

    How to restore the notion of common good is a vital topic This book makes some good points Unfortunately, it is much of a rant about rampant evil than a guide to the common good Also, I don t quite agree with the bit on why we lost the common good and how to get it back Having recently watched the Ken Burns documentary about Vietnam, I think Reich is downplaying the importance of LBJ s campaign of systematic disinformation against the American people, in terms of what destroyed the previous social norms of common good Before Vietnam, reasonable Americans believed what the president said just because he was the president They assumed the government was competent, knew best, was looking out for the average Joe, and was telling the truth That was shocking to me in the TV show because that s a different culture from what I ve grown up in Reich does of course include Vietnam but as one thing in a long list I don t know about that Watergate, for instance, was petty nonsense in comparison some politicians spying on each other Vietnam killed a couple m...

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    A short, compelling read, written and published at a time when its message is incredibly important I recommend it without hesitation, and it s the kind of thing I wish that high school teachers recommended to or even considered requiring of the nation s teenagers.As much as I appreciated Reich s discussion of resurrecting truth and the critical need for civic education for all, I found the most compelling chapters in the book the ones that focused on leadership not just government, but corporate, etc and appropriate and inappropriate uses of honor and shame There s some really good food for thought in here.Alas, I fear the book however well intentioned has than a dollop of rage against the storm aspect to it and, frankly, that it won t garner much attention or, importantly, reach its intended audience I also fear that it may be too dry or conceptual for its intended audience and that, even with a number of anecdotes, Reich s discipline in maintaining brevity leads to too many of the important points coming across as tautological, declaratory, conclusory, or I dunno, maybe even preachy, and bordering on condescending.Ultimately, the book reminded me but, to be clear, it s a broadly based argument, and it is again, broadly focused on the role of citizens in a society, a nation, and a community, not just our role as taxpayers of the short piece, by Kayla Chadwick, published in 2017 as our legislature d...

  5. says:

    Reich presents a few reassuring words and suggestions on what we must do to restore Americans faith in the common good Hint we need to dispose of whatever it takes to win partisanship, whatever it takes to maximize profits CEOs, and whatever it takes to rig the economy money pouring into politics Sure seems like a pipe dream these days unless voters suddenly become informed.I also plan to try the technique that Reich discusses regarding the use of Honor and Shame next year when attempting to collect the Neighborhood Association dues Those who gave this year will be Honored with a thank you in the letter Those who did not contribute to the common good will be subtly Shamed by having their name omitted from the list OR, this could b...

  6. says:

    Everyone should read this Reich explains what people have in common..the fundamental basis of what our society shares and why people like Shkreli and Ayn Rand are wrong.

  7. says:

    Outstanding, Reich is as entertaining as he is enlightening This book ought be required reading for every elected official, spiritual leader, and business exec across the nation.

  8. says:

    If Robert Reich has not written the best book of political economy in a long while, he has certainly written the most timely and necessary book of our time And it s written on one fundamental truth The reality of American history is the pursuit of an ideal of individuality defined by the common good, not the achievement of individual Americans jockeying for personal advantage at any cost to the common good.Without the collective good, there is no society Without regulatory restrictions insuring intellectual property and competitive fair play, there is no American economy To suggest that our economy is free in any literal sense is to ignore the very principles of competition on which Adam Smith built his economic model It is a model built on the ideal of truth and equitable competition, not the ideal of individualism without rules or constraints.If we are a nation of law and order, it is because we, in our collective sense of right and wrong, have voluntarily committed to the ideal It s a commitment not to our individua...

  9. says:

    The Common Good, by Robert B Reich, is a book on the decay of the concept of the common good in the United States in particular, although this principle applies everywhere Reich notes the rise of brinkmanship politics, where each party in the States holds the budget hostage and threatens a government shutdown to try and force in petty legislation He notes the increasing viewpoint that political and business positions exist to enrich the incumbent, and not for increasing the quality of life in society He notes how businesses are shareholder profit focused, and no longer view their human resources, customers, or products as the most important factors in business Reich also disparages the promotion of individualism over the well being of individuals This is seen in sectors like health insurance, education, politics, business and so on, where wealth is the most important factor Reich s book is about the principle of the common good enshrined in Liberal Democracy It is a utopian ideal, but one that basically promotes the well being of all over the well being of one Certainly individual rights are important, but these rights should not trump the rights of everyone else this is a slap in the face of the idea of individualism in general Reich looks at this through specific examples Certainly Donald Trump is in this book, but the book does ...

  10. says:

    Reich s heart is in the right place In this book he takes a look at how norms have been eroded in the last couple years than that, but especially since the election of the current president It feels a little too surface level without looking at the deeper structural problems Reich is old enough to remember the world before Watergate and Neoliberalism, where if you were a certain race and class, then you didn t have to worry about as much as you do now There s been a number of books looking at this breakdown on both the right in the left see recent works by Robert Putnam and Charles Muarry But to me it seems the problem is not that the last few years have been the aberration of the social world built on capitalism Instead, the immediate post war years were the aberration, and asking how we get to that place while not really mentioning separate water fountains and all that wa...

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