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The samaritan's dilemma : should government help your neighbor?

Deborah Stone.
  • New York, NY : Nation Books, ©2008.
  • vii, 327 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • "In this blend of political essay and reportage, political scientist Deborah Stone argues that democracy depends on altruism, not self-interest. The merchants of self-interest have divorced us from what we know in our pores: we care about other people and go out of our way to help them. Altruism is such a robust motive that we commonly lie, cheat, steal, and break laws to do right by others. The Samaritan s Dilemma calls on us to restore the public sphere as a place where citizens can fulfill their moral aspirations. If government helps the neighbors, citizens will once again want to help govern."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • 1. American Malaise
  • 2. Seven Bad Arguments Against Help
  • 3. Everyday Altruism
  • 4. Samaritan Rebellion
  • 5. Engines of Democracy
  • 6. Bonds and Bridges
  • 7. Moment of Power
  • 8. How Government Should Help Your Neighbor
  • Epilogue: Beyond the Samaritan's Dilemma.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-316) and index.
ISBN
  • 9781568583549
  • 1568583540
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2008007045
  • OCLC: 212375784
  • OCLC: 212375784