U.S.A.: The Permanent Revolution

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THE AMERICAN SYSTEM

H AVING DECLARED THEIR BELIEF in the natural rights of the individual, and thus laid down the universal essence of the American Proposition, our eighteenth-century Founding Fathers next faced the practical consequences of this bold stand: how harmonize these rights with the fact that man, even if sacred, is also a social and political animal? It is one thing to declare Rights that practically everybody would like to possess; it is quite another to prove that you know a better way to "secure these rights" than the government you are overthrowing. Any and all governments are what Tom Paine called them: "like dress...the badge of lost innocence"; and therefore the very science of government, let alone its various working models, is bound to have some kind of human imperfection in it. The founders knew this well; but they also felt they could improve not only on the

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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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