These are dangerous times for democracy.

We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favor of the already fortunate. A quick heads up: The BBC is featuring a series of lectures with Michael Sandel (Harvard Professor of Government) that will collectively talk about "the prospects of a new politics of the common good." Sandel is a very popular professor at Harvard.

He roots that pathology in our uncritical acceptance of rights, fairness, and individual choice as the hard parameters of legitimate politics, and proposes instead a return to a pre-liberal perfectionism that emphasizes responsibility, civic duty, and the common good.

The world-renowned philosopher and author of the bestselling Justice explores the central question of our time: What has become of the common good? Some 15,000 students have taken his courses over 30 years. Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics. He calls for a new politics of the common good and says that we need to think of ourselves as citizens, not just consumers.

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