By Cass Sunstein
In 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a State of the Union address that was arguably the greatest political speech of the 20th century. In it, Roosevelt grappled with the definition of security in a democracy, concluding that "unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world." To help ensure that security, he proposed a "Second Bill of Rights," economic rights that he saw as necessary to political freedom. Many of the great legislative achievements of the past 60 years stem from Roosevelt's vision. Using this speech as a launching point, Cass R. Sunstein shows how these rights are vital to the continuing security of our nation. This is a bold resurrection of FDR's forgotten call for economic justice for all citizens, an ambitious, sweeping book that argues for a new vision of FDR, constitutional history and our current political scene.
About the Author
Cass R. Sunstein's books include "Republic.com," "Risk and Reason," "Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do" and "Radicals in Robes." He lives in Chicago.
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