The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement

The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement

by Robert J. Samuelson
     
 

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One of the country's most influential commentators attempts to explain why the richest, most powerful, and most democratic nation in the world is overcome by self-doubt and confusion. Samuelson takes a penetrating look at why Americans feel so bad when they are really doing so well, and poses the crucial question: Can America's leaders restore confidence by

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One of the country's most influential commentators attempts to explain why the richest, most powerful, and most democratic nation in the world is overcome by self-doubt and confusion. Samuelson takes a penetrating look at why Americans feel so bad when they are really doing so well, and poses the crucial question: Can America's leaders restore confidence by curbing government that has promised more than it can deliver?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The American dream has mutated into an expectation of security, leaving us suspicious of the government that fails to provide it. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Columnist and economics commentator Samuelson (The Numbskull Factor, Times, 1993) asks why "a society that satisfies us most of the time has also convinced many of us that it's rolling inexorably toward the edge of a cliff." The reason for this "paradox," Samuelson argues, can be tied to the effect of "entitlements" on our lives; we believe we are guaranteed many things-healthcare, secure jobs, and safe living places-but the social and political realities of our lives contradict this. In determining what has turned the American Dream into a "fantasy," Samuelson refers to post-1929 American history, public opinion polls, economic theory and data, the beliefs of our Founding Fathers, corporate structure, and sociological research. He also discusses how civil rights and equality have become confused with each other and how American political leaders have created a huge budget deficit by separating costs from benefits. This is an unusually clear, cogently argued exploration of American values and the political institutions that have strayed from them. Essential for most libraries.-Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812925920
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/26/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.11(d)

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