This book about the complicated meaning of left and right in politics carries the optimistic message that rational truth seeking can lead people towards the center and away from extreme positions. There is of course a major argument to the contrary, which is that political activities are very substantially determined by narrow interests, vague intuitions and strong emotions. Although rationality has indeed been diluted in contemporary politics, it is likely that much remains below the surface. Accordingly, there still might be time for therapeutic interventions aimed at nudging millions of minds towards a balanced political center.
The book intervenes in a disarming and calming way. Throughout the 32 short chapters, a wide variety of politically-loaded thoughts are attributed to a pair of cartoon dogs. Left-dog and right-dog are duly introduced in the first chapter, where readers will immediately see that they are friendly and not fighting. Indeed, there is no such thing as dog-eat-dog in the community of truth-seekers. There are a few diagrams in each chapter that readers (or their students or children) are invited to color-in to represent the two political sides. Each chapter sets out some distinctive divide-bridging insights into basic issues such as truth, ethics, passions, hopes, intentions, genders, orientations, abortions, boundaries, identities, language, leaders, inequalities and ecologies to mention just a few.
Any one of the 32 chapters can be contemplated in private, discussed between family members or taught as a stand-alone exercise. Prudently selected chapters would fit with ease into just about every course in business schools, but also in college level courses across the entire spectrum of the social sciences, including philosophy. This might seem like a ludicrously-hyped marketing claim for any serious book, but readers are urged to try it out for themselves and their relatives, colleagues or students and see what happens. (Nova)
“The book addresses some of the most significant divides in the current world, involving foundational concepts such as the nature of facts about society and humanity. Alan Singer condenses these debates to their core. I highly recommend this book.” - Jari Elarontaj, University of Helsinki, Finland
"Alan Singer bridges the political divide using humor and history to enlighten readers. This is a fun read, at times reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell's best work." - James Westerman, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA
"The world is inundated with a terrifying avalanche of fantasy news, fishy news, and fake news that may well destroy our democracy. Read the book, get wiser, and fight for our democracy." - Adam Lindgreen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
"Professor Singer has an outstanding ability to step back from polarized political discourse and present a harmonizing vision. The book navigates stormy waters but ultimately comes across as calming and optimistic." - Paul Knott, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
"Professor Singer offers an unbiased insight into the contemporary political divide and convincingly makes the case for the golden-mean in economics and politics." - Achinto Roy, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
"The chapter on truth and understanding seems very timely in the age of fake-news and spin. The book has a very readable style, taking its readers easily into philosophers’ territory." - Peter Earl, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
"The chapter on hopes in particular is very nice, beautifully written. If the whole book is anything like this, it should be a great read! The short snippets of wisdom offer a very useful format." - Milan Zeleny, Fordham University, New York, USA
"Alan Singer’s inspiring book is an invaluable guide to those who attempt the hard balancing act between power and truth." - Harold Paredes-Frigolett, Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile
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