The United States has become a major world power. Once admired as a model of democracy and a hope for refugees everywhere, today it often appears as a self-absorbed bully to the rest of the world. Is the United States government a democracy or the nerve center of a world empire controlled by the wealthy? Is its foreign policy the will of the people or entirely aloof from that will?
Philosophy of the United States examines history of the United States in terms of the vision its founders had and the constitution they devised to provide a framework for its citizens to pursue life, liberty and happiness. In shows important areas where the constitution has worked, where it has been ineffective, where it has been changed, and why the United States today suffers problems of legitimacy like other ancient empires as they aged.
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting a basic knowledge of the purposes and consequences, and strengths and weaknesses, of the American Experiment and how it fits in history—the broad overview.
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About the Author
Anderson has a long experience with the analysis of major political systems. In 1985, he organized with Professors Alexander Shtromas, Morton A. Kaplan and 90 sovietologists, in Geneva, Switzerland, a conference on "The Fall of the Soviet Empire: Prospects for Transition to a Post-Soviet World." Observers later stated that this conference not only accurately predicted the end of the Soviet Union, but may have helped guide its peaceful transition. In 1987, in the Philippines, with the guidance of Professors Ilpyong J. Kim and Morton A. Kaplan, a similar study with 90 sinologists was conducted on "China in a New Era: Challenges and Opportunities." Then in 1989, in London, England, with the guidance of Professor Edwards Shils he organized a conference of 90 experts on democratic government titled "Liberal Democratic Societies: The Present State and Future Prospects." He edited Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies, one of the seven books published from this conference. Anderson also served as President of the Minnesota Legislative Evaluation Assembly, of which he has been a member evaluating the Minnesota legislature since 1999.