Gardens of Democracy

American democracy is informed by the 18th century’s most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We’ve learned some things in the intervening 230 years and authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. The latest ideas from science, social science, and economics—the cutting-edge ideas of today--generate this simple but revolutionary idea: True self interest is mutual interest. (Society, it turns out, is an ecosystem that is healthiest when we take care of the whole.)