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Posted March 12, 2013
Relevant for our Economic Times and Capitalist Society
This book was well done. Although the book is labeled as a politics/history book, it covers quite a bit on law, including theoretical law.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
That said, this book was not a light reading, it took me an extra day to get through it.
The author discusses the little known Second (Economic) Bill of Rights that Franklin Roosevelt proposed in 1944. That bill, in a basic sense, was to offer a simple form of economic security for the citizens of the United States obviously inspired by the Great Depression.
The bill was never implemented but it set the stage for the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which has influenced the creation of constitutions around the world that carry the Roosevelt legacy of economic security for those countries citizens and is mentioned in the book.
Because of the failure to pass the Economic Bill of Rights, people in the United States still do not make a decent living, lack access to a good education, etc.
With overwhelming evidence, the author discusses why this Bill of Rights should be implemented and how, as the author claims, it came close to being established. Regardless of the fact that some people will claim the program is socialist it is not, according to Cass Sunstein.
Something to think about after reading this book regards the economy itself. What if we had a Second Bill of Rights? Would we have had to deal with the current Great Recession?
This book probably is not for people with a right-leaning political preference.