A Declaration of Interdependence: Why America Should Join the World

A Declaration of Interdependence: Why America Should Join the World

by Will Hutton


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"You're sure to be provoked and enlightened by this bold view from the other side of the Atlantic."—Robert B. Reich

In this shrewd and eloquent dissection of American politics and policies, Will Hutton offers powerful new insight into our new—and troubling—mores. Great societies, this book holds, are marked by essential core values: the social contract that enhances its citizens' lives; an honest and enlightened economy; a vital public realm; and a recognition that the world is an interdependent place, one best governed under international law. With the triumph of conservatism in America, each of these values has withered. Rampant materialism, corporate corruption, the failure of government regulation, an unquestioning faith in American exceptionalism, and a conviction that Americans must go it alone are all in the saddle.

We are not going in the right direction. To turn us around—to secure health services and decent work for all Americans, to build faith in the economy, to close the gap between rich and poor, to restore, in short, the American dream—America needs to reclaim these values. It could not do better in that task than to renew its historic philosophical partnership with today's Europe, which has chosen a better compass.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393325607
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Will Hutton is chief executive of the United Kingdom's Work Foundation and columnist for the Observer in London, where he was formerly editor-in-chief.

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John Judis

Anyone who harbors misgivings about the current course of America would do well to read Hutton's new book.

John Kenneth Galbraith

The clearest, most competent and most diversely interesting economic comment in the language.

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