This work examines the intersection between economics and social philosophy. It takes its impetus from the economic events of 2008-2009 which have deeply affected the destiny of both the United States and the rest of the world. Many intellectuals view what has transpired both economically and socially as a major break in the optimistic growth vision of a world civilization, given the regnant political, social, and, most important, ideological perspectives for the future of humankind. You can see book abstract on reverse side. 'This work sets forth an intellectual map for the larger policy alterations that must be made if we are ever to see our hopes for a worldwide egalitarian balance of humans living decent middle-class styles of life. At the center of our quest must be the dream of high culture. Only then will we achieve the scientific, secular vision that the pragmatists and the neo-Kantians had hoped would enfilade every corner of the human domain.'
Introduction; 1. Our Economy: Down for the Count?; 2. The Fossil Energy Age Ends: Facts and Inferences; 3. Utopia Interdict; 4. Subsidizing Poverty; 5. Our Problem: Material and Mental; 6. The Irrelevancy of Origins; 7. National Suicide: "The Great Society"; 8. America: A Classless Society; 9. A Lesson from the Jews; 10. Futures; 11. Our Bio-Social Destiny; Bibliography; Index.