A Declaration of Interdependence: Why America Should Join the World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Political Science - 319 pages
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In this shrewd and eloquent dissection of American politics and policies, Will Hutton offers powerful new insight into our new—and troubling—mores. Great societies, this book holds, are marked by essential core values: the social contract that enhances its citizens' lives; an honest and enlightened economy; a vital public realm; and a recognition that the world is an interdependent place, one best governed under international law. With the triumph of conservatism in America, each of these values has withered. Rampant materialism, corporate corruption, the failure of government regulation, an unquestioning faith in American exceptionalism, and a conviction that Americans must go it alone are all in the saddle.

We are not going in the right direction. To turn us around—to secure health services and decent work for all Americans, to build faith in the economy, to close the gap between rich and poor, to restore, in short, the American dream—America needs to reclaim these values. It could not do better in that task than to renew its historic philosophical partnership with today's Europe, which has chosen a better compass.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the British Edition
3
Custodians of the Light
31
The Collapse of American
66
Greed Isnt Good for You
98
To Those Who Have Shall Be Given
130
The Globalization of Conservatism
159
Britain in the American Bear Hug
189
Europe Works
218
Siblings under the Skin
238
Conclusion
266
Notes
283
References
295
Index
309
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Will Hutton is chief executive of the United Kingdom's Work Foundation and columnist for the Observer in London, where he was formerly editor-in-chief.

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