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Power of Public Ideas by Robert B. Reich
Power of Public Ideas by Robert B. Reich
The dominant model of political behavior - pluralism - assumes that people are self-interested and uses economic behavior as an analogy for political behavior. People organize themselves into groups to get their needs met, and these groups compete with one another to obtain rewards that are allocated through political processes. The role of government is to make sure that political competition is fair and open - possibly helping weaker groups organize themselves and helping them acquire the skills to compete effectively. The government will also provide public goods that cannot be provided through private market activity. In sum, the government, will try to make sure that people (at… Read more
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop is a deceptively simple but profound novel about two French missionaries in the Southwestern United States. These men are not terribly otherworldly and they are capable of enjoying good books, good wine, and good food. They are tough guys too, up to the task of traveling thousands of miles on horseback or facing down some bad guys. The religion they promote provides support and comfort to Mexicans, Indians, and some Anglo miners who need spiritual succor.
The book presents us with several vignettes in the lives of these urbane priests, as well as some fables and Southwestern folklore. By living in harmony with God's law and the world he… Read more
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
The French Lieutenant's Woman is a Victorian novel by a modern author - the revered John Fowles. The novel concerns a love triangle between a young man on an income, his fiancé, and the mysterious and independent Sarah.
Throughout the novel, Fowles takes numerous opportunities to speak directly to the reader in asides that describe the process of writing fiction from an author's perspective. Fowles also speaks directly to the reader to provide some historical information about the Victorians and their age. These asides are enjoyable and make the characters seem less removed from our own time.
One quibble: the final resolution of the plot was a bit stilted (the characters… Read more