The Power in the People

The Power in the People

The Power in the People

The Power in the People

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This Republic was not created by accident. The "New Order" proclaimed on the Great Seal of the United States did not come into effect automatically. It cannot be sustained automatically. Perpetuation of the American way depends upon general interest in the deeper aspects of what is an essentially co-operative enterprise.

While there are many admirable studies on the development, the institutions, and the political theory of our country, of late there have been surprisingly few attempts to examine the actual significance of this federal union in the long panorama of history. That is what this book seeks to do.

The thought that has been woven into the American pattern of life is not particularly abstruse. It has aspects of sublimity, but that which is sublime is not difficult to appreciate. Indifference is always the chief impediment to understanding. Always the best way to combat indifference is to arouse interest, which becomes vital and permanent if focused on underlying principles. But first these principles must be examined and identified.

Though familiarity does not necessarily breed contempt, it certainly tends to dull the edge of curiosity. So it is natural that foreign observers have long been more interested than Americans in analyzing the differences that distinguish our Republic from any other political experiment of this or earlier times. It has not, however, been the concern of foreigners to point out that if we fail to recognize and value our advantages for ourselves, they will tend to disappear. The more excellent the type of government, the . . .

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