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I'll Be Short: Essential Ideas for Getting America to Workby Robert Reich
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"I don't like the basic philosophy that everyone is on their own, out for themselves, a kind of social Darwinism. It's bad for society, especially now. . . . Call me crotchety, but I can't help asking, whatever happened to the social contract?"
With his characteristic humor, humanity, and candor, one of the nation's most distinguished advocates for working—and middle—class families delivers a fresh vision of politics by returning to basic American values: anyone who wants a job should have one; those who work should be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty; and everyone should have access to an education that will better their chances in life.
An insider who knows how the economy and government really work, Reich combines realistic solutions with democratic ideals: businesses do have civic responsibilities; government must stem a widening income gap that threatens to turn our nation into a two-tiered society. Arguing that Democrats and Republicans have strayed dangerously off track, Reich breaks the impasse of current politics and shows us the way to fulfill our nation's promise.
Book News Annotation:
The get-rich-quick exuberance of the late 1990s may have temporarily blinded people to how dependent they are on each other, muses Reich (economics, Brandeis U.). He points out the bonds on which rest the strength of the economy and the security of society. He wrote while running for governor of Massachusetts. The treatise has no index or bibliography.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With his characteristic humor, humanity and candor, one of the nation's most distinguished advocates for working class families delivers a fresh vision of politics by returning to basic American values.
Table of Contents
1. Whatever Happened to the Social Contract?
2. Corporate Citizenship
3. Work That Pays, Insurance if It Doesn"t
4. Lifelong Learning: Education for the Twenty-first Century
5. The Day I Became a Feminist: Real Family Values
6. The Long View: A Decent Working Society
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