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Freedom Reclaimed: Rediscovering the American Visionby John E. Schwarz
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In Freedom Reclaimed, John E. Schwarz examines the profound implications of the difference between the vision of American freedom that the Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the free-market idea of freedom that is ascendant today. In policy discussions on employment, education, social issues, and health care, Schwarz recasts the American understanding of what freedom means and involves, revitalizing the ability of citizens to change it for the better.
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Calling individual freedom the dearest political value in the lives of most Americans, Schwarz (political science, U. of Arizona) describes how people in the US have come to accept a meaning of freedom that is unsustainable morally within its own methods of reasoning and at odds with the vision held by many of the nations founder's. In particular, he argues that free-market freedom does not contain the kind and range of obligations people owe one another as free individuals, and cannot produce a sustainable understanding of the common public good that is consistent with freedom's logic. Therefore, he concludes, the free market is indefensible within the reasoning of freedom.
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Has the nation's infatuation with the free market warped the true meaning of American freedom by its emphasis on the self-serving individual in a looking out for Number One world?
Freedom is America's most treasured value. In Freedom Reclaimed, John E. Schwarz examines the profound implications of the difference between the vision of American freedom that the Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the free-market idea of freedom that is ascendant today. Schwarz shows how the three-decade shift toward free-market freedom has brought economic hardship to the majority of Americans and suffering to the political life of the nation. As the nation moves further away from its impelling original commitment, most Americans now have only limited access to the freedom the Founders envisioned. Schwarz sets forth a program that can help America return to its ennobling vision and resume its historic journey.
In policy discussions on employment, education, social issues, and health care, Schwarz recasts our understanding of what freedom means and involves. In so doing, he transforms the way we see our world and revitalizes our ability to change it for the better.
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