What institutions and policies are most conducive to human flourishing?
About this book
What do we want in a good society?
How do we know?
PART 1. WHAT WE WANT IN A GOOD SOCIETY
Neighborhoods and neighborliness
Voters, groups, parties, and elections
Is America too polarized?
Do election outcomes matter?
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?
Do we want economic democracy?
Clean air, water, and land
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?
Would more public ownership be better?
The Covid-19 pandemic
Housing the homeless
Recognition and respect
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. WHAT WE’RE AIMING FOR
Life in the good society
Affluence and progress
26. SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM
Social democratic capitalism
Will the Nordic model work in non-Nordic countries?
How to ensure rising incomes when labor unions are weak
Is there an attractive small-government alternative?
Would a universal basic income be better?
Would democratic socialism be better?
The advantage of urban
28. PROSPECTS FOR THE UNITED STATES
America is exceptional and ordinary, good and bad, better and worse
What America needs
Toward the good society: an American path
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
K-12 education: additional data
Personal freedom: additional data
Shared prosperity: additional data
Taxes: additional data
Voters, groups, parties, and elections: additional data