The Good Society

What institutions and policies are conducive to human flourishing? A book of diagnoses and prescriptions for the United States and other affluent nations.

1. INTRODUCTION

About this book

What is a good society?

How do we know?

America is exceptional … and ordinary

2. COMMUNITY

Tolerance

Inclusion

Women

Noncollege whites

Disabled

Latinos

African Americans

Asian Americans

LGBTQs

Native Americans

Civic engagement

Social connections

Neighborliness

Trust

Religion

3. DEMOCRACY

Democracy

Do election outcomes matter?

Is America too polarized?

4. ECONOMIC EQUALITY

Income inequality

Is income inequality harmful?

Wealth inequality

5. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Equality of opportunity

6. ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

Economic growth

Shared prosperity

7. ECONOMIC SECURITY

A decent and rising income floor

Stable income and expenses

Economic security for the elderly

8. ECONOMIC STABILITY

Stable output and employment

Stable prices

9. EDUCATION

What good is education?

Early education

K-12 education

College education

10. EMPLOYMENT

Employment

Job mobility

Quality of work life

Balancing work, family, and leisure

11. ENVIRONMENT

Clean air, water, and land

Climate stability

12. FAMILY

Families

13. FINANCE

An effective and stable financial system

14. FREEDOM

Economic freedom

Marijuana legalization

15. GOOD GOVERNMENT

Good government

Social programs

Public insurance and the least well-off

How much public insurance do Americans want?

Taxes

Is big government bad for the economy?

Is big government bad for freedom, civil society, and happiness?

16. HAPPINESS

Happiness

17. HEALTH

Longevity

Weight moderation

Mental health

Health care

18. HOUSING

Livable cities

Good neighborhoods

Homeownership

Housing the homeless

19. INFORMATION

Information

20. LAW AND ORDER

Law and order

21. PRIVACY

Privacy

22. SAFETY

Safety

23. TRUTH

Truth

24. THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD

Trade

Immigration

US military intervention abroad

25. THE GOOD SOCIETY

Social democratic capitalism

A better America

How to get there

APPENDIXES

A decent and rising income floor: additional data

Income inequality: additional data

Shared prosperity: additional data

Taxes: additional data