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immigration prison reform income ineuality etc is uickly and effectively dismissed by IGNITING THE FIRE (The Crow Academy Book 1) the people holdinghe microphone with a simple allusion Moobli tohe slippery slope of The Secret Art of Great Conversation tyranny fascism and of course communismAs Reich points out however when Ayn Rand was establishinghe ideological foundation of Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam the conservatism now embraced byhe ruling political class in Washington Digital Trust the Allied powers did not defeat fascism nor didhe US defeat Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes the USSR inhe Cold War by employing On My Knees (Stark International Trilogy, the opposite ideology We defeatedhe repulsive authoritarianism of he mid 20th Century by doubling down on our commitment o The Three Elizabeths the common good andhe guiding ideal which redefined it in a uniuely American and effective wayTechnology has integrated our lives The Hate U Give than ever before And whether youhink Building Vocabulary Skills that s good or bad we aren going o urn back he clock of echnology Nor do I hink we should want o Attempting o make he common good irrelevant or undesirable by abandoning our collective ideals of a commitment o ruth inclusion and compassion we aren going o resurrect America s golden years Those years were built on a commitment o he common good not its rejectionAs any honest accountant will ell you no accounting is without fault because no accounting can by definition be complete The context of reality is just oo complex and multi faceted Reich s account is no different and many critics I m sure will be uick o point o all of he offenses he chose not o include in his book I could oo But hat kind of reciprocal finger pointing is one of he forces hat undermine he common good oday It is he ultimate broken window as Reich refers o it The simple fact is hat he problem is bigger han he individual injustices hat collectively define it In he same way every solution Reich provides eg commitment o ruth education leadership as rusteeship etc is part of a duality hat he doesn always fully explore If we have a responsibility in he name of he common good o universities for example hey have a responsibility o our common good as well Again however a duality is just hat Or o put it in collouial erms wo wrongs don make a rightAll old Robert Reich has a perspective We all do In he end however I don believe his is just a personal perspective It is he reality If we are losing our national identity it is not because we come in colors or speak languages han before It is because we are losing our sense of common goodWe have never been a perfect union Our finest moments have been when we sought o become perfect han we had been A superb and uick read hat should be on everyone s reading list I wanted o really like his book because it is such an important opic and because I agree hat we have as a nation lost sight of he concept of a common weal or a common good But I only sort of liked it because while it is occasionally insightful it reads But I only sort of liked it because while it is occasionally insightful it reads a first draft and in many places descends from its lofty hesis o become a series of rants about hings hat he author doesn like I m glad hat I read it but I probably won uote it much its diagnosis is oo general and its prescriptions are oo amorphous for it o be much help in reinstilling an idea of he common goodAnd also Reich falls pretty hard into he nostalgia rap he belief hat he country was united and understood he common good until about fifty years ago when hings began o go drastically awry But most of he hings hat he highlights have been with us always hough he amount of civic virtue and national unity was probably greater in he post World War II period han at any other ime since he Revolution The narrative of decline hat he book implies hough misreads a emporary spike in common goodness as evidence of a steady declineReich s basic argument is hat Americans used o have a shared notion of civic virtue and he common good and now
we don any And he places he blame on hree sets of villains 1 don any And he places he blame on hree sets of villains 1 who want o win at any cost 2 corporate leaders who want o make money at any cost and 3 politicians who conspire with corporate leaders o rig he economy at any cost Technically I guess his is only wo sets of villains who combine in different ways o produce hree hings hat have destroyed public virtue But whateverI was impressed by he even handedness of Reich s reatment of he First Group He Does Not Single Out group He does not single out as he destroyers of civility and common values He blames hem of course but he blames democrats just as much He is especially hard on he 1 Democratic Senate hat defeated he Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork hrough outright character assassination and 2 Barack Obama who legislated hrough executive order and weakened he public s rust in he separation of powers He is not nearly as even handed when alking about rich people and corporations who he argues have entirely abandoned he idea of public virtue in favor of making money and maximizing shareholder value And with hese ill gotten gains hey have flooded government with huge donations aimed at shifting he playing field so hey can earn money And politicians of both parties have gone right along with hemAnd all of his leads directly o Donald Trump who has been and I hink hat Reich is absolutely correct here systematically destroying he norms and values at he heart of civic virtue and he common good But Trump as Reich presents him is a conseuence of he disappearance of public virtue and not its causeAll of his is packaged in a relatively short book with en chapters most of which uickly abandon heir primary arguments and become a kind of stream of consciousness narration of what Robert Reich hinks is wrong with he country I agree with a lot of what he says but I desperately wish hat he had aken a little ime and a revision or wo o say it. Ly accelerating vicious cycle one hat can and must be reversed But first we need o weigh what really matters and how we as a country should relate o honor shame patriotism ruth and he meaning of leadershipPowerful urgent and utterly vital his is a heartfelt missive from one of our foremost political hinkers a fundamental statement about he purpose of society and a cri de coeur o save America's so. Our communities depend upon not only sacrifice but belief and investment in he common goodI wish people OK some people would read it and not immediately dismiss or close heir hearts and minds o its message and at least hink about it It would be well for he common good Hope springs eternal 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 he nation Just what I needed a progressive book hat concentrates on he positive by a man who points a way forward for us all Positive and forward are hard o do under he yoke of King Donald he MadRobert Reich even manages o see he positive in Mad King Donald himself It is Trump who has brought us back o first principles Reich argues for he gets us alking about democracy versus yrrany And Reich is convinced hat he key o snatching democracy from he jaws of yranny depends on our concern for he common goodWhat exactly is he 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 ogether in he same society he norms we voluntarily abide by and he ideals we see o achieveA concern for he common good keeping he common good in mind is a moral attitude It recognizes hat we are all in it ogether If here is no common good here is no society Speaking of norms we voluntarily abide by Reich certainly has hings o say about Trump as he principal contemporary violator of such norms but he also makes it clear hat our president is only he most recent manifestation of a rend hat stretches back a generation After mentioning a few contemporary examples Prescription Drug Lord Martin Shkreli Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Reich races he erosion of he common good back o he late 70 s when he philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand grew in influence and conservatives began lauding selfishness as a virtue denigrating he very idea of government and glorifying he moral benefits of he free market Reich steadfastly maintains hat Ayn Rand is wrong hat it is not hrough pursuing selfishness but rather hrough performing our mutual duties o ourselves and others hat we find out who and what we are both as individuals and as a nationBut how did we get so far from our duties so far from our essential selves In his chapter Exploitation Reich presents a disturbing imeline of over fifty major civic violations stretching from Lyndon Johnson s lies about he Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 o he Balti police and Wells Fargo bank scandals in 2017 hat have eroded America s confidence in he existence of a common good In all of his he sees hree crucial structural breakdowns 1 whatever it akes o win politics exemplified by Watergate and he Robert Bork confirmation hearings 2 whatever it akes o maximize profits business practices represented by junk bond king Michael Milken and General Electric CEO Jack Welch and 3 whatever it akes o rig he system economics signaled by Lewis Powell s 1971 memo for he Chamber of Commerce DCCC Chairman Tony Coelho s corporate shakedown and he Wall Street Bail Out of 2009 Taken ogether hese breakdowns and others like hem have led not only o a widening gap between rich and poor but also o a profound distrust of he institutions and mechanisms of governmentSo how do we dedicate ourselves anew o he common good Reich realizes it won be easy but he suggests we can do so if we 1 restore he idea hat leadership is also rusteeship 2 be careful whom we honor and whom we trusteeship 2 be careful whom we honor and whom we 3 cherish above all he concept of ruth and do so by first of all supporting schools hat promote civic values and secondly by protecting our free press and he independent journalists who keep our democracy aliveI finished The Common Good encouraged and ready for he fight for as always Reich clear eyed but sanguine convinces me hat although our democracy has been weakened it may still be revived and reinvigorated As heologian Reinhold Niebuhr said in a uote Reich shares at book s end Nothing hat is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime herefore we must be saved by hope Reich presents a few reassuring words and suggestions on what we must do o restore Americans faith in he common good Hint we need o dispose of whatever it akes o win partisanship whatever it akes o maximize profits CEOs and whatever it akes o rig he economy money pouring into politics Sure seems like a pipe dream hese days unless voters suddenly become informedI also plan o ry he echniue hat Reich discusses regarding he use of Honor and Shame next year when attempting o collect he Neighborhood Association dues Those who gave his year will be Honored with a hank you in he letter Those who did not contribute o he common good will be subtly Shamed by having heir name omitted from he list OR his could be a otal failure with everyone coming o he conclusion hat Hey if he didn pay why should IWish me luck If Robert Reich has not written he best book of political economy in a long while he has certainly written he most imely and necessary book of our ime And it s written on one fundamental ruth The reality of American history is he pursuit of an ideal of individuality defined by he common good not he achievement of individual Americans jockeying for personal advantage at any cost o he common goodWithout he collective good here is no society Without regulatory restrictions insuring intellectual property and competitive fair play here is no American economy To suggest hat our economy is free in any literal sense is o ignore he very principles of
competition on which Adam Smith built his economic model It is a model built on he on which Adam Smith built his economic model It is a model built on he of ruth and euitable competition not he ideal of individualism without rules or constraintsIf we are a nation of law and order it is because we in our collective sense of right and wrong have voluntarily committed o he ideal It s a commitment not o our individuality but o our individual peace and prosperity hrough collective cooperation and self restraint Without he self restraint hat can only come from recognition of he common good he police would have virtually no chance o keep he peace It is he would have virtually no chance o keep he peace It is he as much as he police who clearly deserve our respect and support which keep he streets safeIf modern science has aught us anything it is he degree o which our world is integrated The uality of our environment is determined not Ligations of citizenship Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense Reich demonstrates he existence of a common good and argues hat it is his hat defines a society or a nation Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles hat reinforce and build he common good as well as vicious cycles hat undermine it Over he course of he past five decades Reich contends America has been in a slow. ,
How o restore he notion of common good is a vital opic This book makes some good points Unfortunately it is much of a rant about rampant evil han a guide o he common good Also I don uite agree with he bit on why we lost he common good and how o get it back Having recently watched he Ken Burns documentary about Vietnam I hink Reich is downplaying he importance of LBJ s campaign of systematic disinformation against he American people in erms of what destroyed he previous social norms of common good Before Vietnam reasonable Americans believed what he president said just because he was he president They assumed he government was competent knew best was looking out for he average Joe and was elling he ruth That was shocking o me in he TV show because hat s a different culture from what I ve grown up in Reich does of course include Vietnam but as one hing in a long list I don know about hat Watergate for instance was petty nonsense in comparison some politicians spying on each other Vietnam killed a couple million people Nixon got impeached over Watergate but what happened o LBJ or McNamara or Kissinger for hat matter for heir evil Reich goes on o list a whole bunch of corporate crimes but hat s sort of off opic That he malefactors of great wealth will murder heir neighbors for another million dollars if hey can get away with it is a constant That s why we need an honest government o enforce he rules and o amend he law when needed It s interesting reading his right after Tribe Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging which sort of implies hat warfare is useful for social cohesion Whereas it s clearer o me reading his book hat Vietnam was really he ipping point for wrecking he common good in he US Why did Americans rust in democracy before Vietnam Because it was objectively obviously working It beat he Nazis It got us out of he Depression without resorting o Stalinism It wasn perfect but it was moving hings in he right direction for an expanding middle class It built big bridges and libraries and useful stuff How do we get back o going forward Everyone should read his Reich explains what people have in commonthe fundamental basis of what our society shares and why people like Shkreli and Ayn Rand are wrong Reich s heart is in he right place In his book he akes a look at how norms have been eroded in he last couple years han hat but especially since he election of he current president It feels a little oo surface level without looking at he deeper structural problems Reich is old enough o remember he world before Watergate and Neoliberalism where if you were a certain race and class hen you didn have o worry about as much as you do now There s been a number of books looking at his breakdown on both he right in he left see recent works by Robert Putnam and Charles Muarry But o me it seems he problem is not hat he last few years have been he aberration of he social world built on capitalism Instead he immediate post war years were he aberration and asking how we get o hat place while not really mentioning separate water fountains and all hat was a symptom of again it s in not looking deep enough And for a while Reich was on he left edge of what was possible o be listened o and not dismissed as a lunatic I hink he window is being pushed left If
not he whole window being pulled it is at least being widened This is a very the whole window being pulled it is at least being widened This is a very essay Reich akes a look at Adam Smith s economic design ideal of ruth And Euitable Competition Reich States We Are euitable competition Reich states we are nation of law and order bound on he common good He says he enemies of he common good range from he slumlords o megabanks and untrammeled hedge funds These all disregard he rules of society for selfish gains Reich stresses he importance of he ruth he for selfish gains Reich stresses he importance of he ruth he o point out he problems caused by liesRobert B Reich is following he lead of Sandra Day O Connor who is advocating he renewal of civic education o enable people o work with others o separate facts and logic from values and beliefs I found his o be a most interesting discussion and a good review of citizenship This book is easy o read My only complaint is he repetition of key points hroughout he book Robert B Reich is a professor of public policy at he Goldman School of Public Policy at he University of California Berkeley He served in he administration of President Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter and was Clinton s Secretary of Labor from 1993 o 1997 Reich narrator he book himself The book is just over five hours A short compelling read written and published at a ime when its message is incredibly important I recommend it without hesitation and it s he kind of hing I wish hat high school eachers recommended o or even considered reuiring of he nation s eenagersAs much as I appreciated Reich s discussion of resurrecting ruth and he critical need for civic education for all I found he most compelling chapters in he book he ones hat 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 hought in hereAlas I fear he book however well intentioned has han a dollop of rage against he storm aspect o it and frankly hat it won garner much attention or importantly reach its intended audience I also fear hat it may be oo dry or conceptual for its intended audience and hat even with a number of anecdotes Reich s discipline in maintaining brevity leads o oo many of he important points coming across as autological declaratory conclusory or I dunno maybe even preachy and bordering on condescendingUltimately he book reminded me but o be clear it s a broadly based argument and it is again broadly focused on he role of citizens in a society a nation and a community not just our role as axpayers of he short piece by Kayla Chadwick published in 2017 as our legislature debated he public s right o some standard of health care itled I Don 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 o live in a society If you re interested here s he link Granted Reich is an accomplished academic who also earned his spurs at he Cabinet level during he Clinton administration and he invested over 200 pages in his hesis so we can expect and he delivers Reich does a far han adeuate job of reminding us hat our country our society and. From he best selling author of Saving Capitalism and The Work of Nations a passionate clear eyed manifesto on why we must restore he idea of he common good o he center of our economics and politicsWith he warmth and lucidity hat have made him one of our most important public voices Robert B Reich makes he case for a generous inclusive understanding of he American project centering on he moral ob.