The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke's Legacy Is Paralyzing America

The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke's Legacy Is Paralyzing America

The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke's Legacy Is Paralyzing America

The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke's Legacy Is Paralyzing America

Synopsis

In this thought-provoking book, the author argues that a preoccupation with the self and its solitary concerns--a mindset that is Locke's legacy--is at the root of America's present political and economic problems.

• Over 100 primary sources are examined

• Chronological presentation within the book's first four parts or "books"

• Extensive bibliography includes primary and secondary books, as well as citations to newsprint, magazine, and journal article sources

Excerpt

Is selfishness at the root of America’s present political and economic problems? Most observers acknowledge that the current state of American politics is abysmal, but the electronic and print media continue to offer the same tired analysis and nostrums. Before solutions can be offered, the right questions need to be asked, but in the current political climate, the noise and political bickering obscure this need.

This book examines the reasons for the inability of the political system of the United States to address, in any meaningful way, the problems that underlie the questions asked, despite the evidence of widespread suffering, disillusionment, and anxiety among the American populace. The manuscript also predicts that, based upon the existing evidence that is examined, if left uncorrected, things are likely to get even worse.

I have received valuable advice and assistance in researching and in writing this book. Professor Gregory Fried, chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University in Boston, kindly read and critiqued many sections of the book. Kenneth Greenberg, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Science at Suffolk University and former professor of history, offered important, critical comments. William J. O’Brien III, of Global Insight, provided his invaluable expertise and assistance in . . .

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