That Broader Definition of Liberty

That Broader Definition of Liberty

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That Broader Definition of Liberty synthesizes a political theory of the New Deal from the writings of Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, and Thurman Arnold. The resultant theory highlights the need for the public accountability of private economic power, arguing that when the private economic realm is unable to adequately guarantee the rights of citizens, the state must intervene to protect those rights. The New Deal created a new American social contract that accorded our right to the pursuit of happiness a status equal to liberty, and grounded both in an expansive idea of security as the necessary precondition for the exercise of either. This was connected to a theory of the common good that privileged the consumer as the central category while simultaneously working to limit the worst excesses of consumption-oriented individualism. This theory of ends was supplemented by a theory of practice that focused on ways to institutionalize progressive politics in a conservative institutional context. Brian Stipelman, drawing upon a mixture of history, American political development, and political theory, offers a comprehensive theory of the New Deal, covering both the ends it hoped to achieve and the means it used to achieve them.As Herbert Croly would argue, the promise of American life was no longer a preexisting condition Americans were born into. ... Woodrow Wilsona#39;s New Freedom, like Roosevelta#39;s New Nationalism, accepted the need for an activist government, anbsp;...

Title:That Broader Definition of Liberty
Author:Brian Stipelman
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2012-10-04


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