A Source Book of American Political Theory

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perfect. No human ideal is ever perfectly attained, since humanity itself is not perfect.The wisdom of our forefathers in their conception that progress can only be attained as the sum of the accomplishment of free individuals has been re-enforced by all of the great leaders of the country since that day. Jackson, Lincoln, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, Wilson and Coolidge have stood unalterably for these principles.And what have been the results of our American system? Our country has become the land of opportunity to those born without inheritance, not merely because of the wealth of its resources and industry but because of this freedom of initiative and enterprise. Russia has natural resources equal to ours. Her people are equally industrious but she has not had the blessings of 150 years of our form of government and of our social system.By adherence to the principles of decentralized self-government, ordered liberty, equal opportunity and freedom to the individual our American experiment in human welfare has yielded a degree of well-being unparalleled in all the world. It has come nearer to the abolition of poverty, to the abolition of fear of want, than humanity has ever reached before. Progress of the past seven years is the proof of it. This alone furnishes the answer to our opponents who ask us to introduce destructive elements into the system by which this has been accomplished. . . .
REFERENCES
H. ADAME, Degredation of the Democratic Dogma ( 1919).
R. S. BAKER, Life and Letters of Woodrow Wilson ( 4 vols., 1927--).
H. E. BARNES, Sociology and Political Theory ( 1924).
C. A. BEARD, The Economic Basis of Politics ( 1922).
J. B. BISHOP, Theodore Roosevelt and his Times ( 2 vols., 1920).
W. D. P. BLISS, Encyclopedia of Social Reform ( 1908).
P. F. BRISSENDEN, The I.W.W.: A Study in American Syndicalism ( 1919).
J. G. BROOKS, American Syndicalism ( 1913).
A. A. BRUCE, The Non-Partisan League ( 1921).
W. J. BRYAN, The First Battle ( 1896).
-----, Tale of Two Conventions ( 1912).
S. J. BUCK, Granger Movement ( 1913).
J. W. BURGESS, Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law ( 2 vols., 1890).
-----, Reconciliation of Government with Liberty ( 1915).
A. CAPPER, The Agricultural Bloc ( 1922).

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