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    DescriptionAmerican democracy is informed by the 18th century's most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We've learned some things in the intervening 230 years about self interest, social behaviors, and how the world works. Now, authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. For many years the dominant metaphor for understanding markets and government has been the machine. Liu and Hanauer view democracy not as a machine, but as a garden. A successful garden functions according to the inexorable tendencies of nature, but it also requires goals, regular tending, and an understanding of connected ecosystems. The latest ideas from science, social science, and economics--the cutting-edge ideas of today--generate these simple but revolutionary ideas: True self interest is mutual interest. (Society, it turns out, is an ecosystem that is healthiest when we take care of the whole.) Society becomes how we behave. (The model of citizenship depends on contagious behavior, hence positive behavior begets positive behavior.) We're all better off when we're all better off. (The economy is not an efficient machine. It's an effective garden that need tending. Adjust the definition of wealth to society creating solutions for all.) Government should be about the big what and the little how. (Government should establish the ideas and the goals, and then let the people find the solutions of how to make it happen.) Freedom is responsibility. (True freedom is not about living some variant of libertarianism but rather an active cooperation a part of a big whole society; freedom costs a little freedom.) "The Gardens of Democracy" is an optimistic, provocative, and timely summons to improve our role as citizens in a democratic society.


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    Title
    The Gardens of Democracy
    Subtitle
    A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Liu, By (author) Nick Hanauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 173
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781570618239
    ISBN 10: 1570618232
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPQB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JKS, JPHV
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    DC22: 320.973
    DC21: 320.973
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000, POL040000
    B&T Approval Code: A40362400
    BISAC V2.8: POL003000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL007000
    B&T Approval Code: A41243000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL042000, POL029000
    LC classification: JK31 .L58 2011
    Publisher
    Sasquatch Books
    Imprint name
    Sasquatch Books
    Publication date
    15 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Seattle, WA
    Review quote
    "Liu and Hanauer have proposed a powerful new way to think about how society works and there is a lot here for conservatives to work with and debate." --Noah Kristula-Green, The Daily BeastThe Gardens of Democracy provides a refreshing new conceptual approach to understanding our economic and political situation, and it will help us move past the fossilized ideas in today's public debates."--Francis Fukuyama, author of "The Origins of Political Order ""Society is a garden. Liu and Hanauer's simple metaphor makes the complexities and limits of social policy emerge before your eyes. Statists can't see the interconnections of organic systems. Free marketers can't see that a garden needs some tending. If you're looking for a way forward out of America's dangerous gridlock, read this wonderful book."--Jonathan Haidt, Professor of psychology, University of Virginia and author of "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion ""Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer are progressives who always think outside the box, and that's why everyone should pay attention to them. The Gardens of Democracy shakes up our stale debate over government's role in a dynamic society, and in a thoughtful, creative and inventive way. Everyone will find something to disagree with here, and that's the point: getting us out of our comfort zones is an immensely useful democratic undertaking."--E.J. Dionne Jr., author of "Why Americans Hate Politics""I just read a remarkable book by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. It is The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government. I highly recommend it as a big gust of fresh air to clear out the dense, stale, gases we have all been breathing when it comes to how we talk about politics and citizenship. It is time to break out of the prison of left/right thinking that has made politics so mean spirited in recent years... There is something in this new metaphor for both the left and the