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America the Virtuous

The Crisis of Democracy and the Quest for Empire

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Urged on by a powerful ideological and political movement, George W. Bush committed the United States to a quest for empire. American values and principles were universal, he asserted, and should guide the transformation of the world. Claes Ryn sees this drive for virtuous empire as the triumph of forces that in the last several decades acquired decisive influence in both the American parties, the foreign policy establishment, and the media. Public intellectuals like William Bennett, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Michael Novak, Richard Perle, and Norman Podhoretz argued that the United States was an exceptional nation and should bring "democracy," "freedom," and "capitalism" to countries not yet enjoying them. Ryn finds the ideology of American empire strongly reminiscent of the French Jacobinism of the eighteenth century. He describes the drive for armed world hegemony as part of a larger ideological whole that both expresses and aggravates a crisis of democracy and, more generally, of American and Western civilization. America the Virtuous sees the new Jacobinism as symptomatic of America shedding an older sense of the need for restraints on power. Checks provided by the US Constitution have been greatly weakened with the erosion of traditional moral and other culture.

Author Biography

Claes G. Ryn is professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He has also taught at the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, and Uppsala University in Sweden. He is chairman of the National Humanities Institute and editor of the journal Humanitas. His many books include Unity Through Diversity, Will, Imagination, and Reason (published by Transaction), and Democracy and the Ethical Life.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Contributor
Edited by Claes G. Ryn
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
AldineTransaction
Pages
236
Dimensions
152x229x15
ISBN-13
9781412813310
Product ID
4019899

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