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Free and Equal : A Manifesto for a Just Society - Daniel Chandler

Free and Equal

A Manifesto for a Just Society

By: Daniel Chandler

Hardcover | 7 May 2024

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Imagine: You are designing a society, but you don't know who you'll be within it--rich or poor, man or woman, gay or straight. What would you want that society to look like? This is the revolutionary thought experiment proposed by the twentieth century's greatest political philosopher, John Rawls. As economist and philosopher Daniel Chandler argues in this hugely ambitious and exhilarating manifesto, it is by rediscovering Rawls that we can find a way out of the escalating crises that are devastating our world today.

"A vigorous case for adopting the liberal political framework laid out by John Rawls. . . . Chandler is a lucid and elegant writer, and there's an earnest sense of excitement propelling his argument -- a belief that Rawls's framework for thinking through political issues offers a humane way out of the most intractable disputes."--The New York Times Book Review

"Intellectually rigorous and full of hope."--Zadie Smith, bestselling author of White Teeth and The Fraud - "A beautifully written and compelling argument that Rawlsian political philosophy can heal our broken societies."--Sir Angus Deaton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Taking Rawls's humane and egalitarian liberalism as his starting point, Chandler builds a powerful case for a new progressive agenda that would fundamentally reshape our societies for the better. He shows how we can protect free speech and transcend the culture wars; get money out of politics; and create an economy where everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential, where prosperity is widely shared, and which operates within the limits of our finite planet.

This is a book brimming with hope and possibility--a galvanizing alternative to the cynicism that pervades our politics. Free and Equal has the potential to offer a touchstone for a modern, egalitarian liberalism for many years to come, cementing Rawls's place in political discourse, and firmly establishing Chandler as a vital new voice for our time.

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