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To or even considered reuiring of the nation s teenagersAs 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 hereAlas 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
of The Important Points Coming Across important points coming across as tautological conclusory I dunno maybe even preachy and bordering on condescendingUltimately 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 debated the public s right to some standard of health care titled I Don t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People Our disagreement is not merely political but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society If ou re interested here s the link Granted Reich is an accomplished academic who also earned his spurs at the Cabinet level during the Clinton administration and he invested over 200 pages in his thesis so we can expect and he delivers Reich does a far than adeuate job of reminding us that our country our society and our communities depend upon not only sacrifice but belief and investment in the common goodI wish people OK some people would read it and not immediately dismiss or close their hearts and minds to its message and at least think about it It would be well for the common good Hope springs eternal 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 informedI also plan to try the techniue that Reich discusses regarding the use of Honor and Shame next Please Dont Tickle The Tiger year when attempting to collect the Neighborhood Association dues Those who gave thisear will be Honored with a thank MTIV 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 be a total failure with everyone coming to the conclusion that Hey if he didn t pay why should IWish me luck 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 This is a very timely essay Reich takes a look at Adam Smith s economic design ideal of truth and euitable 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 liesRobert 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 the University of California Berkeley He served in the administration of President Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter and was Clinton s Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997 Reich narrator the book himself The book is just over five hours 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 theoke of King Donald the MadRobert 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 goodWhat 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. Ly 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 leadershipPowerful 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 so.
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Free read · E-book, or Kindle E-pub õ Robert B. ReichI wanted to really like this book because it is such an important topic and because I agree that we have as a nation lost sight of the concept of a common weal or a common good But I only sort of liked it because while it is occasionally insightful it reads like a first draft and in many places descends from its lofty thesis to become a series of rants about things that the author doesn t like I m glad that I read it but I probably won t uote it much its diagnosis is too general and its prescriptions are too amorphous for it to be much help in reinstilling an idea of the common goodAnd also Reich falls pretty hard into the NOSTALGIA TRAP THE BELIEF THAT THE trap the belief that the was united and understood the common good until about fifty ears ago when things began to go drastically
AWRY BUT MOST OF THINGS THAT HE HIGHLIGHTSBut most of the that he highlights been with us always though the amount of civic virtue and national unity was probably greater in the post World War II period than at any other time since the Revolution The narrative of decline that the book implies though misreads a temporary spike in common goodness as evidence of a steady declineReich s basic argument is that Americans used to have a shared notion of civic virtue and the common good and now we don t any And he places the blame on three sets of villains 1 politicians who want to win at any cost 2 corporate leaders who want to make money at any cost and 3 politicians who conspire with corporate leaders to rig the economy at any cost Technically I guess this is only two sets of villains who combine in different ways to produce three things that have destroyed public virtue But whateverI was impressed by the even handedness of Reich s treatment of the first group He does not single out Republicans as the destroyers of civility and common values He blames them of course but he blames democrats just as much He is especially hard on the 1 Democratic Senate that defeated the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork through outright character assassination and 2 Barack Obama who legislated through executive order and weakened the public s trust in the separation of powers He is not nearly as even handed when talking about rich people and corporations who he argues have entirely abandoned the idea of public virtue in favor of making money and maximizing shareholder value And with these ill gotten gains they have flooded government with huge donations aimed at shifting the playing field so they can earn money And politicians of both parties have gone right along with themAnd all of this leads directly to Donald Trump who has been and I think that Reich is absolutely correct here systematically destroying the norms and values at the heart of civic virtue and the common good But Trump as Reich presents him is a conseuence of the disappearance of public virtue and not its causeAll of this is packaged in a relatively short book with ten chapters most of which uickly abandon their primary arguments and become a kind of stream of consciousness narration of what Robert Reich thinks is wrong with the country I agree with a lot of what he says but I desperately wish that he had taken a little time and a revision or two to say it 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 ears 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 ou were a certain race and class then ou didn t have to worry about as much as Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki 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 fewears have been the aberration of the social world built on capitalism Instead the immediate post war ears were the aberration and asking how we get to that place while not really mentioning separate water fountains and all that was a symptom of again it s in not looking deep enough And for a while Reich was on the left edge of what was possible to be listened to and not dismissed as a lunatic I think the window is being pushed left If not the whole window being pulled it is at least being widened Outstanding Reich is as entertaining as he is enlightening This book ought be reuired reading for every elected official spiritual leader and business exec across the nation 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 jock. 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 politicsWith 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 ob. .