Fairness and Freedom : A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States
by David Hackett Fischer
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Equity and Freedom compares the history of two open societies – New Zealand and the United States – with much in commonBoth have democratic regimes, mixed enterprise economies, individual societies, pluralistic cultures, and a deep concern for human rights and the rule of law.But all these elements take different forms, because the constellations of value are distantThe dream of living free is from Polaris America; New Zealand’s natural equity and justice from the Southern CrossFischer asks why these countries went different waysBoth were founded by English-speaking settlers, but at different times and with fine disparateThey lived in the first and second British empires, which functioned in very different waysIndians and Maori have been important agents of change, but for different purposesOn the American border and in New Zealand, Bush’s material of moral possibilities and choices are not the sameFischer takes the same comparative approach to parallel processes of nation-building and immigration, women’s rights and racial wrongs, reforming causes and conservatives of responses, war and peace, and for international engagement in our own time-with similar resultsOn another level, this book develops Fischer’s earlier work on freedom and freedomThis is the first book to be published on the history of equityAnd he also asks new questions in the old tradition of history and moral philosophyIs it possible to be both fair and freeIn a wide range of evidence, Fischer concludes that the strengths of these broad values are necessary to correct their weaknessesAs many societies seek to become more open – never twice in the same way, understanding our differences is the only way to peace.
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