Synopses & Reviews
The President's House is Empty: Losing and Gaining Public Goods explores the question of what we--the public--owe each other as free and equal members of a democratic society. With essays by writers and thinkers like Bonnie Honig, this collection attempts to make sense of the current administration's disdain for public things like the White House, public education, and clean water.
What do we owe each other as members of a democratic society? Public goods--from clean water to health care to schools--are under siege in the United States, with access too often restricted by class and race. Against this background, Trump's nearly empty White House symbolizes the crisis we face: our increasing abandonment of the idea of the public. At stake is not only what we owe to each other but who we are.