About ‘Politics of the Common Good’

My primary goal in creating this blog was to look at a topic that I think will be the defining aspect of our politics over the next several decades — the common good.

Since the 1960s, our American society has been fixed on divisive, distracting issues. Same-sex marriage, abortion, and evolution versus creationism are examples of these conflicts full of many false choices and rich in energy that, if allocated elsewhere in our political dialogue, could accomplish a few things. There has been limited, at best, emphasis on the common good. These large ideological squabbles focus on the stroking of egos more than the quality of life improvement many of us need.

In this blog, I look at a variety of obstacles we face in getting back to a common good politics. One struggle may be those candidates running for office. One might be the media responsible for relaying the messages of those candidates to the voters. And, of course, one challenge may be the voters themselves, who have been seduced by both the aforementioned candidates and media.

I also examine those signs of hope: candidates like Barack Obama, and the mammoth Millennial generation, whose 90 million members largely embrace the concept of the common good in their politics.

Thanks for stopping by, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or greetings: bergerc84@gmail.com


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pacer521
    Aug 16, 2008 @ 09:24:02

    great blog you have going here — I’m a big fan. Keep up the good posts and research.



  2. pacer521
    Aug 16, 2008 @ 09:32:44

    hi, sorry for the two comments, but I had to comment again. I am a huge fan as I said. I am a 13 and run a blog called culture decoded. I’ve gotten it in the boston globe twice (to brag), and I was wondering if you might want to check it out and give it some critiques. I’m at http://culturedecoded.wordpress.com

    thanks a bunch


  3. The Higher Education Problem and a Possible Solution « Politics of the Common Good
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 06:36:33

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