by Michael Sandel
Harvard University Press, 1996. 417 pp. $24.95.
Much of what follows will be rather critical of Michael Sandel’s new book. It would be particularly wicked therefore not to begin by praising some of its many virtues. At a time when many critics of liberalism paint liberals as fools or knaves, Sandel writes with perfect courtesy—and is all the more persuasive in consequence. At a time when the discussion of politics is either focused on the partisan debates of this week and next or else vitiated by an Olympian detachment from the politics of any particular time and place, Democracy’s Discontent is pitched at just the right level. That is, its focus is on ...
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