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Neoconservatism and Freedom in Postmodern North American Culture

Norman N. Morra


INTRODUCTION

This chapter explores three issues pertinent to North American society. First, the revival of conservatism and the threat that it poses for postmodern culture is analyzed. Next, the issue of whether or not freedom has been central to democratic political, economic, and social structures is examined. Third, the continuing economic crisis is illustrated to have modified the way in which most North Americans experience their lifeworld.

The lebenswelt, or lifeworld, serves a dual purpose: (1) it provides the common stock of knowledge vital to forming individual and national identities; (2) it affects how persons view the world ( Berger and Luckmann, 1967; Schutz, 1970). Coinciding with Mills ( 1961) "social milieu," the lifeworld underpins Habermas ( 1984, 1990) theory of communicative action and its corollary of communicative competence.

According to Habermas ( 1970: 145; 1984: 131), the blend of intersubjectivity, mutual understanding, and discourse promotes consensus in the public sphere. Ideally, rational discourse induces responsible action, which returns authority to its legitimate and primary source: the people. This chapter argues that Weberian concepts such as rationality, authority, and legitimation--once integral to the analysis of modernity--have run their course. On the other hand, Weber's often neglected theoretical concepts of irrationality and sensuality are more suitable to understanding the present postmodern era.

In the final passage of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Weber predicted that rationality and utilitarianism would engulf future societies and serve as the sine qua non for all interpersonal relations. The Calvinist notion of a calling, or beruf--specialization at the expense of joy--led to the indis-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • 1 - The Spiders of Truth 1
  • References 14
  • 2 the Importance of Social Imagery for Race Relations 17
  • References 28
  • 3 - A Brief Archaeology of Intelligence 31
  • References 48
  • 4 - Dialogue and Race 51
  • Introduction 51
  • References 64
  • 5 - Symbolic Violence and Race 65
  • References 76
  • 6 - What is a "Japanese"? Culture, Diversity, and Social Harmony in Japan 79
  • References 100
  • 7 - Community Control, Base Communities, and Democracy 103
  • References 112
  • 8 - Racist Ontology, Inferiorization, and Assimilation 115
  • Introduction 115
  • Conclusion 125
  • Notes 125
  • Notes 126
  • 9 Analyzing Racial Ideology: Post-1980 America 129
  • Introduction 129
  • Conclusion 140
  • References 141
  • 10 - Neoconservatism and Freedom in Postmodern North American Culture 145
  • Introduction 145
  • Conclusion 158
  • Notes 159
  • Selected Bibliography 163
  • Name Index 177
  • Subject Index 183
  • About the Editor and Contributors 189
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