Robert Reich’s New Book: The Common Good

Posted on 29. Jan, 2018 by in Justice, Peace


From Robert Reich –

I was at the impressionable age of fourteen when I heard John F. Kennedy urge us to ask not what America can do for us, but what we can do for America.

That was a half century ago. I wish I could say America is a better place now than it was then.

Certainly as individuals, we are as kind and generous as ever. We volunteer in our communities, donate, and help one another. We are a more inclusive society, in that African-Americans, women, and the LGBTQ community have legal rights they didn’t have a half-century ago.

Yet there is a wide and pervasive sense that the system as a whole is no longer working as it should.

In many ways, Donald Trump epitomizes what has gone wrong. But as I hope to make clear, Trump is not the cause. He is a consequence — the logical outcome of what has unfolded over many years.

If we want to fix America, we need an honest discussion about our core values. That’s the conversation that has inspired my new book — “The Common Good” — and it’s a conversation that I hope inspires you as well.

I’m happy to share some good news. You can reserve a copy of “The Common Good” — and support Democracy for America’s critical work to hold Donald Trump accountable and win control of Congress — at the same time. To get your copy, please contribute to DFA today. DEADLINE: January 22

Is there a common good that still binds us together as Americans?

That it’s even necessary to ask shows how far we’ve strayed as a country.

Today, some think we’re connected by the whiteness of our skin, or our adherence to Christianity, or the fact that we were born in the United States. I believe we’re bound together by the ideals and principles we share, and the mutual obligations those principles entail.

My hope is that “The Common Good” provokes a discussion of the good we have had in common, what has happened to it, and what we might do to restore it.

It is a book about what we owe one another as members of the same society — or at least what we did owe one another more than a half century ago when I heard John F. Kennedy’s challenge. It is about the good we once had in common — and, if we are to get back to being a functioning society, must have again.

That’s why Democracy for America is committed to recruiting and supporting the kinds of progressive leaders we need to see more of in Washington — people who are there to serve the people, not just to take a spin through the revolving door and then personally profit from it.

This work is only possible because of DFA members like you who have always been on the front lines of fighting for this common good.

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