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Radical Philosophy Today

Volume 3, 2006

Liberation between Selves, Sexualities, and War

Cliff DuRand
Pages 143-147

Making the World Safe for US
Cultural Roots of the USA Interventionism

In the roots of political culture in the USA, Tocqueville long ago noted with concern an individualism that could undercut needed structures of shared community. This individualism, argues the author, is one key feature of American culture that tends to empower military interventionism by empowering American elites to go their own way and pursue their own interests, without too much worry that they will be held accountable to more communitarian standards. Yet, American culture is not one-sided, and the author encourages public appeals to another, balancing cultural value, that of republicanism. The author also touches briefly on the cultural tradition of American messianism and its value to globe-conquering elites.

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