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Discusses Americans' loss of faith in government, citing the political right's impoverished ideas of minimal government as a major cause, and offers new ideas for rebuilding public commitment to public life
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Peter G. Brown is professor of public policy and director of environmental programs at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park.From Kirkus Reviews:
Brown (Public Policy/Univ. of Maryland) offers a partisan liberal critique of our national disillusionment with public life, as well as a progressive program for renewal of confidence in government. Brown's primary goal is straightforward: ``the doctrines of the Right'' on the primacy of free markets and the virtues of minimizing government ``have to be thoroughly displayed and discredited.'' Taking Milton Friedman's Free to Choose (1979) as the quintessential statement of right-wing thought on political economy, Brown argues that the ``free market'' isn't really free at all: It depends on a pervasively coercive legal system to achieve its ends. Moreover, the free-market model, by dismissing undesirable social and environmental consequences of economic transactions as ``externalities,'' fails to address adequately problems of social justice or inequitable use of resources. Brown proposes an alternative: the ``trust'' model, in which government and public officials would be viewed as trustees carrying out fiduciary responsibilities to present and future generations. In fact, Brown views government as a sort of supertrust, arguing powerfully that natural and human resources, as well as tax revenues, should be seen as assets to be managed for the beneficiaries of the trust: the public. Under the trust model, government officials would have at least four clearly defined obligations, giving them purposeful direction and allowing for popular redress: promoting efficient markets; keeping markets, needs, and different classes of socially valuable, if unprofitable, public goods in balance; protecting human rights; and ensuring the productivity and diversity of the biosphere. Brown argues that his model allows for greater preservation of the environment and the culture, and he sees taxation not as the necessary evil depicted by the right but as a positive means of funding beneficial public purposes. A clear, well-reasoned exposition--but more theoretical than practical, with Brown offering no real alternative to market-based thinking for analyzing the economic phenomena that will continue to dominate public debate. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Beacon Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807043060
Book Description Beacon Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807043060