A Student’s Guide to Right, Left and Truth



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book is an augmented adaptation of the author’s 2018 book Understanding Left and Right (Nova). It further reinforces the message that sustained truth-seeking leads people toward the political center. Each chapter offers divide-bridging discussions of issues such as regulation, taxation, corporate-strategy and personal identity, along with the very ideas of knowledge, truth and goodness. Selected chapters from either work would fit easily into just about every college level course across the spectrum of business studies, social sciences and humanities, almost certainly provoking lively comments. This might seem like an exaggerated marketing claim for any serious book, but readers are strongly urged to try it…and see what happens!
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Shadows: Projecting Left and Right

Chapter 2. Truths: Voting against Pythagoras

Chapter 3. Goods: Freedom, Justice and More

Chapter 4. Likes: The Art of the Cheeseburger

Chapter 5. Hopes: Flying and Singing

Chapter 6. Ethics: The Gold That Rules

Chapter 7. Timing: Worry About That Later

Chapter 8. Capitals: Sacred Cows and Other Forms

Chapter 9. Limits: The Known Limitations of Markets

Chapter 10. Regulations: Well-Regulated Capitalism

Chapter 11. Taxes: Looking High and Low

Chapter 12. Strategies: Two Sides, Many Arenas

Chapter 13. Dynamics: The Evolution of Death

Chapter 14. Intentions: The Road to Hell

Chapter 15. Distractions: 500,000 is More Than 43


"The current polarization of politics had created a pressing need for centrist dialogues and a recognition of enduring facts about humanity. Alan Singer condenses these debates and issues 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 again a fun read, at times reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell's best work." - James Westerman, Appalachian State University, USA

"The world is inundated with a terrifying avalanche of fantasy news, fishy news, fabricated news, and fake news that may well destroy our democracy. This is coming from the Left and the Right. Read the book, get wiser, and use objective facts when fighting for our democracy." - Adam Lindgreen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"The chapter on truth 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, Australia

"Alan Singer’s inspiring book is an invaluable guide to those who are attempting the hard balancing act between power and truth." - Harold Paredes-Frigolett, University Diego Portales, Chile

"Dr. 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, New Zealand

"Alan Singer offers an unbiased insight into the contemporary political divide and convincingly makes the case for the golden-mean in economics and politics. The need to revitalize centrist policies at all levels is increasingly apparent, so now is the time to read this book." - Achinto Roy, Deakin University, 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!" - Milan Zeleny, Fordham University, NY, USA

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