the new humanism and socialism? developing human and social 'capital'...
January 8, 2012 12:33 PM Subscribe
The Future of History
posted by kliuless (12 comments total)
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] does not often sit well with capitalism
], but Foreign Affairs argues
in its latest issue
that, while the ideological battle was won
in the 20th century, the challenge of 21st is one of implementation -- how to make liberal democracy work.
Francis Fukuyama's (blog
) prescription for "healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies":
It would have to have at least two components, political and economic. Politically, the new ideology would need to reassert the supremacy of democratic politics over economics and legitimate anew government as an expression of the public interest. But the agenda it put forward to protect middle-class life could not simply rely on the existing mechanisms of the welfare state. The ideology would need to somehow redesign the public sector, freeing it from its dependence on existing stakeholders and using new, technology-empowered approaches to delivering services. It would have to argue forthrightly for more redistribution and present a realistic route to ending interest groups’ domination of politics. [1,2,3]
- Why conservatives can't get people to work hard: "People respond to incentives, and they are risk averse. A winner-take-all society is not very conducive to hard work; I'm not going to bust my butt for 30 years for a 1% shot at getting into The 1%. But I am going to bust my butt for 30 years if I think this gives me a 90% chance of having a decent house, a family, some security, a reasonably pleasant job, a dog, and a couple of cars in my garage. An ideal middle-class society is one in which everyone, not just anyone, can get ahead via hard work."
- A Failed Social Model: Providing Basic Goods Through Crushing Consumer Debt: Alex Gourevitch, who is a postdoctoral research associate at the Political Theory Project at Brown University and blogs at the currentmoment, has a great post at New Deal 2.0: A Failed Social Model: Providing Basic Goods Through Crushing Consumer Debt. He details how access to a variety of basic merit goods ranging from education to health care are now provided through consumer debt and the consequences of this new social model... Progressives really should have the upper-hand when it comes to freedom in these areas. This goes beyond 'submerging' the state in a series of private incentives. It goes to what kinds of claims we make as citizens. [1,2,3]
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