What Are Governments For, Anyway?
Anybody familiar with “The Lonely Crowd” ? I’m not, but it seems relevant. Consider this a bleg—it was one of those pop socio-philosophical phenomena that came out of nowhere to sell a million-plus copies in its day, and now is all but forgotten.
I did run across a review and the final graf jumped out:
“Even so, much in The Lonely Crowd seems to describe the life North America lives today. It doesn’t, however, identify one character type we know well, the driven entrepreneur of technology who follows an inwardly shaped dream, works 14 hours a day, and is declared a hero. People in that mould are familiar figures on our social landscape, and probably inspire millions.”
Considering that President Obama just defenestrated that notion of “heroism” [if you haven’t heard about it, the rightosphere sure has]:
The American Dream is fully on trial just exactly now, and the great debate of 20th century political philosophy returns—-what are governments for, anyway, and where does the individual fit into all this?