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Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. In his new book The Common Good, acclaimed author Robert Reich contends that over the course of the past five decades America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle—one that can and must be reversed. With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Reich takes our stage to make the case for a generous and inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. He examines how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership. Join Reich for a discussion on the fundamental purpose of society, and a cri de coeur to save America’s soul.
Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the best sellers Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All, and is also chair of the national governing board of Common Cause.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.