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
5. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Equality of opportunity
6. ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
7. ECONOMIC SECURITY
A decent and rising income floor
Stable income and expenses
Clean air, water, and land
13. GOOD GOVERNMENT
The Covid-19 pandemic
Housing the homeless
Recognition and respect
19. LAW AND ORDER
Law and order
PART 2. HOW TO GET GOOD-SOCIETY OUTCOMES
The advantage of urban
Social democratic capitalism
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?
How to ensure rising incomes when labor unions are weak
Can finance be harnessed?
Is income inequality harmful?
Would more public ownership be better?
Do we want economic democracy?
24. ABOVE, ACROSS, AND BETWEEN NATIONS
Military intervention abroad
A decent and rising income floor: additional data
College education: additional data
Employee voice: 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