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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Judt Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Something is profoundly wrong with the way we think about how we should live today.

In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we’ve all been feeling into a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things.

As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America—the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness—is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it’s no longer part of the common discourse. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency.

Distinctly absent from our national dialogue, social democrats believe that the state can play an enhanced role in our lives without threatening our liberties. Instead of placing blind faith in the market—as we have to our detriment for the past thirty years—social democrats entrust their fellow citizens and the state itself.

Ill Fares the Land challenges us to confront our societal ills and to shoulder responsibility for the world we live in. For hope remains. In reintroducing alternatives to the status quo, Judt reinvigorates our political conversation, providing the tools necessary to imagine a new form of governance, a new way of life.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 2/20/2014

    " Certainly one of the greatest non-fiction works I have ever read. A year before he succumbed to the effects of Lou Gehrig's disease, Judt left us with this damning critique of the western hemisphere's ability to self-govern. I only wish more people would read it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Hansen | 2/19/2014

    " An outstanding commentary on how we live today and what we have lost politically, economically and socially. A book that will make you think regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 2/10/2014

    " An excellent book about the need for economic equality and what needs to be dome for Social Democrats to become more influential and the consequences if we continue down this road we have traveled since Reagan and Thatcher came to power thirty years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte Carroll | 1/23/2014

    " Erudite, revealing, beautifully written book on social democracy. "

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