The first book in The New Press Back-to-Basics Series restates the importance of equality in an age of growing inequality. What is the role of equality in today's America? What are the arguments to be made for it, now that it is under increasing attack? Philip Green, whose scholarly books on equality and inequality have become basic texts of political analysis, here reexamThe first book in The New Press Back-to-Basics Series restates the importance of equality in an age of growing inequality. What is the role of equality in today's America? What are the arguments to be made for it, now that it is under increasing attack? Philip Green, whose scholarly books on equality and inequality have become basic texts of political analysis, here reexamines this most basic assumption of our democracy to get at the fundamental questions underlying current debate. Tackling the seeming conflict between a belief in equality and a meritocracy, Green demonstrates how an emphasis on merit ultimately promotes equality rather than inequality, and shows that it is both possible and economically sound for our society to move in the direction of increased equality. Further, he shows how a true belief in equal opportunity will change the way in which we think about political representation, welfare, child care, affirmative action, and the obligations of the citizens of affluent societies to the rest of the world. Equality and Democracy takes on these crucial questions with great clarity. Without recourse to jargon, Green analyzes complex political debates around equality, explaining the range of arguments, and evaluating their potential for bringing equality back to a central place in America's future. Equality and Democracy is both an original work of political theory and a compelling analysis of the direction political action ought to take in the twenty-first century. The New Press Back-to-Basics Series is a series revisiting and exploring the basic tenets underlying American democracy. Future volumes will address such fundamental topics as liberty, taxation, and social welfare....
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Equality and Democracy Reviews
I felt like this was a very solid book up until the last 20 pages or so, when it seemed to turn into mushy 1990s musings about identity politics. (Not a fan.) Green's arguments were strongest when he was explaining how capitalism makes economic equality impossible (or maybe I should say economic inequality inevitable). Perhaps the two types of equality - economic and political - were too much for one book and he should have limited himself to ideas about economic equality.This was published in 1998, and of course things have only gotten more and more unequal since then, on every front: income inequality is staggering, America's middle class is disappearing, equality itself is a dirty word in mainstream politics, which thinks of it as socialistic; the Supreme Court in several rulings has opened the door to almost endless amounts of corporate and rich people's money in the political process (we are officially an oligarchy, a recent report asserted), and important parts of the Civil Rights Act have been overturned, making it harder for some people to vote.Cheers. (Lifts glass of municipal tap water.)