The Good Society: The Humane AgendaBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1016 (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1016
- Douglas Black
J K Galbraith Sinclair-Stevenson, £12.99, pp 152 ISBN 1–85619-509-0
Brought up in Scotland in the same tradition as Galbraith was raised in Ontario and, like him, nourished for decades on alien corn, I should warm to this book. And warm I did, for its content as much as for my empathy with its author.
In his search for the good society Galbraith discards Utopian solutions, such as “comprehensive socialism” or generalised “privatisation”: “As a broad rule, privatization ranks with comprehensive socialism in irrelevance.” Efficient production in the developed world leads to what in an earlier book he termed the …