The Good Society

A book of diagnoses and prescriptions for the United States and other affluent nations. Coming little by little.

1. Introduction

About this book

What is a good society?

How do we know?

America is exceptional … and ordinary

2. Community

Tolerance

Inclusion

Civic engagement

Social connections

Neighborliness

Trust

Religion

3. Democracy

Political voice

Political polarization

Political satisfaction

Who wins?

Do elections matter?

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

Recessions

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

Climate stability

12. Family

Families

13. Freedom

Economic freedom

Marijuana legalization

14. Good government

Public insurance and the least well-off

How much public insurance do Americans want?

Social programs

Making work pay

Minimum income

Taxes

Is big government bad for the economy?

Is big government bad for civil society?

Good government

15. Happiness

Happiness

16. Health

Longevity

Weight moderation

Mental health

Health care

17. Housing

Livable cities

Good neighborhoods

Homeownership

Housing the homeless

18. Privacy

Privacy

19. Safety

Safety

20. The United States and the world

Trade

Immigration

Capital mobility

US military intervention abroad

Appendixes

A decent and rising income floor: additional data

Income inequality: additional data

Shared prosperity: additional data

Taxes: additional data