Common Good

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The Common Good consists of our shared values about what we owe one another as citizen who are bound together in the same society, the norms we voluntarily abide by and the ideals that we seek to achieve. If there is no Common Good there is no society.[1]


While the general feeling in the US after WWII was that all members of society had pulled together to make the world a safer place, that feeling only lasted about 20 years till the Vietnam war left many in society feeling something quite different.



Ayn Rand described the “Common Good” as "The tribal notion of “the common good” has served as the moral justification of most social systems—and of all tyrannies—in history. The degree of a society’s enslavement or freedom corresponded to the degree to which that tribal slogan was invoked or ignored."[2]



  1. Robert Reich, The Common Good. Chap 2 ISBN 978-0525520498
  2. Ayn Rand, Common Good. —Ayn Rand Lexicon

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