American Political Cultures by Richard J. Ellis

American Political Cultures by Richard J. Ellis

By Richard J. Ellis

This paintings demanding situations the thesis first formulated by means of de Tocqueville and later systematically constructed via Louis Hartz, that American political tradition is characterised via a consensus on liberal capitalist values. Ranging over 300 years of heritage and drawing upon the seminal paintings anthropologist Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis demonstrates that American background is better understood as a competition among 5 rival political cultures: egalitarian neighborhood, aggressive individualism, hierarchical collectivism, atomized fatalism, and independent hermitude.

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It poses the puzzle but does not explain or resolve it. How then is one to resolve the paradox of crusading capitalists? Huntington, for instance, identifies the Puritan Revolution as "the original source... What stops such traditions from being dislodged or pried loose from the collective memory? 165 Placing ideas in a social context invites us to probe the process by which ideas are continually negotiated and renegotiated by real human beings. " "Where a man is expected to build his own career by transacting with all and sundry as widely as possible,...

The potential radicalism of Lockean natural rights doctrines is perhaps nowhere more fully realized than in Thomas Skidmore ’s The Rights of Man to Property! 37 Property was an inalienable right, given by "the Creator of the Universe" to every person. 39 Such drastic measures were justified, Skidmore reasoned, because no one could be denied his birthright without his consent and none could have possibly consented to a propertyless condition or one of meager property holdings. For Skidmore’s argument is not Andrew Carnegie’s argument that inheritance dulls the spirit of enterprise (the individualist rationale for inheritance taxes) but that inheritance is unjust because it gives more to some than to others (the egalitarian argument).

129 Like Cooley, Follett believed that the problem with American society was that "the sustaining and nourishing power of the community bond... "136 Dewey’s Hull-House was the Laboratory School, which he directed from 1896 to 1904. " 139 "The most glorious career that love can conceive for its object," lectured George D. "140 To "work not for wealth but for Weal" was the "shining goal" that W. E. B. 141 And when Frederic C. "142 Whether "the desire to... For the egalitarian, the competition and self-aggrandizement of capitalism is inherently immoral because it neglects the community interest that transcends the sum of private interests and wants.

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