U.S.A.: The Permanent Revolution

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THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

W HEN A FRENCHMAN wants to explain his country he speaks simply of "la belle France." The Britisher says, "There'll always be an England." These and other nations of the earth can tell a lot about themselves just by the use of their proper names. But the citizen of the U.S. has a different problem. There lives in him a kind of unspoken assumption that his nation is something more than a nation; that it is an experiment, perpetually evolving into something new; that it embodies an ideal. In referring to his country, therefore, he feels the need of including an abstraction or a general principle; and this leads him on a quest for words.

The best he has ever found is "Liberty"; but for reasons explained in "Individualism Comes of Age" (Chapter XI), the rise of the social problem has somewhat tarnished the sheen' of this greatest of all American ab-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • PART I. 1
  • I - THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE 3
  • II - THE AMERICAN PROPOSITION 31
  • III - THE AMERICAN SYSTEM 39
  • PART 2. 63
  • IV - THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM 65
  • V - THE U.S. LABOR MOVEMENT 89
  • VI - THE POLITICAL PARTIES 109
  • VII - THE BUSY, BUSY CITIZEN with a Note on A.A. 127
  • PART 3. 161
  • VIII - THE PROBLEMS OF FREE MEN with a Note on the Technological Revolution 163
  • IX - INDIVIDUALISM COMES OF AGE 188
  • X - HAVE WE ANY FRIENDS? 208
  • XI - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY 230
  • Index 255
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