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America the Fair

Using Brain Science to Create a More Just Nation
Narrated by: Daniel Adam Day
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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What makes a person liberal or conservative? Why does the Democratic Party scare off so many possible supporters? When does our "injustice trigger" get pulled, and how can fairness overcome our human need to look for a zero-sum outcome to our political battles? 

Tapping into a pop culture zeitgeist linking Bugs Bunny, Taylor Swift, and John Belushi; through popular science and the human brain; to our political predilections, arguments, and distrusts, Daniel Meegan suggests that fairness and equality are key elements missing in today's society. Having crossed the border to take up residency in Canada, Meegan, an American citizen, has seen first-hand how people enjoy as rights what Americans view as privileges. 

Fascinated with this tension, he suggests that American liberals are just missing the point. If progressives want to win the vote, they need to change strategy completely and champion government benefits for everyone, not just those of lower income. If everyone has access to inexpensive quality health care, open and extensive parental leave, and free postsecondary education, then everyone will be happier and society will be fair. The Left will also overcome an argument of the Right that successfully, though incongruously, appeals to the middle- and upper-middle classes: that policies that help the economically disadvantaged are inherently bad for others. 

Making society fair and equal, Meegan argues, would strengthen the moral and political position of the Democratic Party and place it in a position to revive American civic life. Fairness, he writes, should be selfishly enjoyed by everyone.

The book is published by Cornell University Press.

"Every American who cares about the future of our country should read this book." (Alicia Munnell, The Center for Retirement Research)

"Necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand why politics have become so frustrating." (Geoff Kabaservice, Niskanen Center)

©2019 Cornell University (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

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political rubish

Duck season conservatives cheeseburger liberals, mango pops, vampire bats and zombies. Wow, it is hard to listen to views that are so unrepresentative of reality and very obvious the author has been isolated to the academics brain washing that occurs when everything is about politics. Practicing Judeo-Christian values would have eliminated at least 6 chapters of this political divisiveness retoric as people are more generous when they see their efforts pay-off and give MORE when given a CHOICE over being forced. Stay in Canada! I want a refund!

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