Sunday, September 14, 2003

Defining Democracy

As an alternative book suggestion, I propose Amartya Sen's seminal book, Development as Freedom. The Atlantic Monthly has a good review here and an interview with Sen here.

In short, Sen (1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economics) discusses how successful development is more than a matter of economics--democracy, culture, human rights, and education are just a few other factors that play a necessary role in lifting a country from the Third World (Sen is best known for his observation that no democracy has ever experienced a famine). Sen adds philosophy and spirituality to the often cold and sterile discussion of economics and development.

This book seems to cover a range of topics and may well serve to seed a variety of great Boys' weekend discussions. Just thought I would offer this book as a possible addition to the Boys' weekend booklist.

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