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The founders, Needleman argues, conceived of an "inner democracy": a continual pursuit of wisdom and self-improvement that would undergird the outer democracy in which we live today. Any understanding of ...
The founders, Needleman argues, conceived of an "inner democracy": a continual pursuit of wisdom and self-improvement that would undergird the outer democracy in which we live today. Any understanding of America as a nation of spiritual values will in the years ahead require Needleman's work as a point of reference.
|I||The Idea of America||1|
|II||In the Beginning||29|
|3||The Myth and the Character of George Washington||75|
|4||Thomas Jefferson: Democracy as the Communal Self||139|
|5||Individuality: A Meditation on the Face of Lincoln||173|
|III||The Crimes of America||189|
|6||The American Indian||193|
|7||Slavery and the Story of America||237|
|IV||The Two Democracies||269|
|8||The Wound and the Turning||271|
|9||Ephrata: In Search of the Second Democracy||290|
|10||Walt Whitman and the Meaning of America||315|
|Conclusion: The America of Our Hopes||329|
|11||The Guardian of the Door||331|
|12||Toward a Community of Conscience||345|
|For Further Reading||357|
Posted January 16, 2012
Americans love to think of themselves as the light of democracy and freedom in the world......and in the context of the aspirations of a nation.....they would be correct. This doesn't mean you through slavery, genocide against native americans, the asian exclusion act and imperialism under the rug of history. I feel that what Needleman is really saying here might be " if we acted on the impulses of our better angels and soul longings instead of the unChristian impulses for revenge and racism we'd be living up to our principles as a nation". This is a must read.
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