Social Democracy: Past, Present, Future

This essay written by Tony Judt is far and away my favorite essay of the year. It is more fair and balanced, and more honest about what social democracy is, where it came from,  why it’s important, and how it must change than anything I’ve read. For those of us out there who lack ideology, that is, those of us who realize that the world is more complicated than ideologies and that society requires a balance of valid interests, those of us who understand that economic principles are only one part of a larger complex web of ideals which all scream out to be weighed and taken into account when government is applied this essay is for us. Read it.

Tony Judt directs the Remarque Institute at NYU and is the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. His latest book, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, was recently reissued in paperback.
 (December 2009)

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