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: women

Inclusion: African Americans

Inclusion: Latinos

Inclusion: noncollege whites

Inclusion: disabled

Inclusion: LGBTQs

Civic engagement

Social connections

Neighborliness

Trust

Religion

3. Democracy

Democracy

Who wins?

Do elections matter?

Political polarization

Political satisfaction

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

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

Taxes

Is big government bad for the economy?

Does big government weaken 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. Law and order

Law and order

19. Privacy

Privacy

20. Safety

Safety

21. 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