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The Good Society: The Humane Agenda

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1016
  1. 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 …

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