What institutions and policies are most conducive to human flourishing?
About this book
What is a good society?
How do we know?
America is exceptional and ordinary, good and bad, better and worse
PART 1. WHAT WE WANT IN A GOOD SOCIETY
Neighborhoods and neighborliness
Voters, groups, parties, and elections
Do election outcomes matter?
Is America too polarized?
4. ECONOMIC EQUALITY
Is income inequality harmful?
5. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Equality of opportunity
6. ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
7. ECONOMIC SECURITY
A decent and rising income floor
Stable income and expenses
What good is education?
Clean air, water, and land
An effective and stable financial system
14. GOOD GOVERNMENT
Public insurance and the least well-off
How much public insurance do Americans want?
Is big government bad for the economy?
Is big government bad for freedom, civil society, and happiness?
The Covid-19 pandemic
Housing the homeless
20. LAW AND ORDER
Law and order
21. OPENNESS AND SUPPORT FOR OTHER PEOPLES
Military intervention abroad
PART 2. HOW TO GET GOOD SOCIETY OUTCOMES
24. SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM
Social democratic capitalism
A decent and rising income floor: additional data
College education: additional data
Employment: additional data
Finance: additional data
Good government: additional data
Income distribution: additional data
Personal freedom: additional data
Shared prosperity: additional data
Taxes: additional data
Voters, groups, parties, and elections: additional data