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The Executive's CompassBusiness and the Good Society$
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James O'Toole

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096446.001.0001

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Why We Disagree

Why We Disagree

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The Executive's Compass

James ƠToole

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens with the problem of how, with the advent of modern democracy, no executive decision ever satisfies everyone. It also discusses the concept of the good society as one that is abstract and subjective, being defined in terms of justice. Essentially, a good society is a just society because the rights of every citizen are secured. The chapter also states how philosophers have defined the good or just society and the different permutations and variations of such definitions, even amounting to stark disagreements. It also discusses collective dreams or awake dreams as part of national character. These dreams are Liberty, Equality, Efficiency, and Community, making up the four “great themes of political argument”. The purpose of this book is to overcome the value conflicts resulting from different people having different dreams.

Keywords:   modern democracy, good society, just society, justice, collective dreams, awake dreams, liberty, equality, efficiency, community

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