Races, Nations and Classes: The Psychology of Domination and Freedom

Races, Nations and Classes: The Psychology of Domination and Freedom

Races, Nations and Classes: The Psychology of Domination and Freedom

Races, Nations and Classes: The Psychology of Domination and Freedom

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Professor Miller has developed, in an illuminating way, the thesis that order within the nation and between the nations must be had, not by the exercise of force in repressing the will and destroying the liberty of groups, but by the development of ideas, sentiments, attitudes, that are capable of mutual correlation. Americans in general have imperfectly realized the heterogeneous character of our own society and few have adequately understood the inharmonies of the social psychology of Europe. The bitter teaching of European experience will not have been in vain if we will heed such interpretation of its lessons as is here presented. Without heeding these lessons of experience we cannot expect to succeed in the great task of Americanization, which thus far we have needlessly botched, nor properly bear our share in world society.

There is an important correlation between the books of Professors Eldridge, Sorokin and Miller which appear in this series. Professor Eldridge, by a telling analysis, reveals the limitations of liberal politics as a means of securing deep-going progressive changes. He points out difficulties that cannot be overcome unless they are understood. And his argument will lead some readers to conclude that the tendency of government to settle down to stratified rigidity is so inherent that fundamental changes can be realized only in periods of revolution. Professor Sorokin follows with such a diagnosis of the pathological character of revolution as to make those who were ready to turn toward revolution as the only hope of fundamental progress revolt with horror from the thought and regard stagnation mitigated by revolution . . .

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