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Ill Fares the Land - Tony Judt
Ill Fares the Land
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Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today. In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we’ve all been feeling... show more
Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today. In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we’ve all been feeling into a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things. As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America – the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness -- is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it’s no longer part of the common discourse. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency. Distinctly absent from our national dialogue, social democrats believe that the state can play an enhanced role in our lives without threatening our liberties. Instead of placing blind faith in the market—as we have to our detriment for the past thirty years—social democrats entrust their fellow citizens and the state itself. Ill Fares the Land challenges us to confront our societal ills and to shoulder responsibility for the world we live in. For hope remains. In reintroducing alternatives to the status quo, Judt reinvigorates our political conversation, providing the tools necessary to imagine a new form of governance, a new way of life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594202766 (1594202761)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 237
Edition language: English
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Datepalm
Datepalm rated it
Appropriately for a kind of Social Democrat Manifesto (there is even a chapter titled "What is to be done") this is nicely mild mannered. More interesting is the quick historical overview of the ideology of the welfare state and Judt's nicely contemptuous take on identity politics liberalism.
michaelhartford
michaelhartford rated it
5.0 Ill Fares the Land
Judt tells the history of Anglo-American political economy from the Great Depression to the present, as the story of the rise and fall of Keynesianism and social democracy. In his version, social democracy–in which a regulated market is guided by broad political consensus to provide material comfort...
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
0.0
Since the state is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, we would do well to think about what sort of a state we want.
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