We Do Our Part

We Do Our Part

Toward A Fairer and More Equal America

Book - 2017
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The founder of "Washington Monthly" describes the drastic and negative changes occurring in Washington, D.C., that are driving the economic divide and culture of consumerism.
Published: New York :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812993523
Branch Call Number: 323.4209 PET
Characteristics: x, 274 pages ;,24 cm


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Jul 18, 2017

It’s an encouraging title, lifted from the letter and spirit of the New Deal. This book follows suit, encouraging citizens of all races and classes to move “toward a fairer and more equal America” by listening to each other and to our “good side” instead of our “bad side.”
The history is interesting—the New Deal era was unfamiliar to me—especially where he’s talking about his friends and acquaintances. He made a pretty keen observation on libertarian snobbery [p. 237]. On other topics he doesn’t offer much. For example, he clearly has an axe to grind on the topic of teacher job performance. The author’s recounting of trends is not dry, and he does seem aware of himself as a potential grandpa remembering the good old days. But, I can’t say I got much enlightenment from this book. It gives you a lot of what happened and who was involved, but not much how or why of the trends he cites. As a liberal, I enjoy his optimism that liberals can win back rural and working-class voters as their natural allies by listening to “the legitimate concerns of the other side” and accommodating them where possible. If nothing else, this book is a good reminder of the “we do our part” spirit that’s desirable in a democracy.

Jun 16, 2017

This is an excellent book. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding how we moved from the communal sense of kindness if the New Deal to the growing inequality today.


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