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By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The majority of men cannot be made disinterested for life by exhortation, by religious services, by any expenditure of subsidized works, or even by grave and manifest public need. They can be made permanently unselfish only by being helped to become disinterested in their individual purposes. In the complete democracy a man must in some way be made to serve the nation in the very act of contributing to his own individual fulfillment. Not until his personal action is dictated by disinterested motives can there be any such harmony between private and public interests.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The national school is not a lecture hall or a library. Its schooling consists chiefly in experimental collective action aimed at the realization of a collective purpose.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The years between 1800 and 1825 were distinguished, so far as our domestic development was concerned, by the growth of the Western pioneer Democracy in power and self-consciousness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The adoption by Jefferson and the Republicans of the political structure of their opponents is of an importance hardly inferior to that of the adoption of the Constitution by the states.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

Women ... are completely alone, though they were born and bred upon this soil, as if they belonged to another class in creation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

To the European immigrant - that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life - the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

If it be true that democracy is based upon the assumption that every man shall serve his fellow man, the organization of democracy should be gradually adapted to that assumption.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The essential nature of a democracy compels it to insist that individual power of all kinds, political, economic, or intellectual, shall not be perversely and irresponsibly exercised.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The average American is nothing if not patriotic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

So long as the great majority of the poor in any country are inert and are laboring without any hope in this world, the whole associated life of that community rests on an equivocal foundation. Its moral and social order is tied to an economic system which starves and mutilates the great majority of the population, and under such conditions its religion necessarily becomes a spiritual drug, administered for the purpose of subduing the popular discontent and relieving the popular misery.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

When the Promise of American life is conceived as a national ideal, whose fulfillment is a matter of artful and laborious work, the effect thereof is substantially to identify the national purpose with the social problem.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The interest which lay behind Federalism was that of well-to-do citizens in a stable political and social order, and this interest aroused them to favor and to seek some form of political organization which was capable of protecting their property and promoting its interest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic; and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

In the long run men inevitably become the victims of their wealth. They adapt their lives and habits to their money, not their money to their lives. It preoccupies their thoughts, creates artificial needs, and draws a curtain between them and the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

I am not concerned with dodging the odium of the word. The proposed definition of democracy is socialistic . . . (democracy) should be characterized not so much socialistic, as unscrupulously and loyally nationalistic.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The more consciously democratic Americans became, however, the less they were satisfied with a conception of the Promised Land, which went no farther than a pervasive economic prosperity guaranteed by free institutions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

Democracy must stand or fall on a platform of possible human perfectibility. If human nature cannot be improved by institutions, democracy is at best a more than usually safe form of political organization . . . . But if it is to work better as well as merely longer, it must have some leavening effect on human nature; and the sincere democrat is obliged to assume the power of the leaven. [Progressive]

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

Let it be immediately added, however, that this economic independence and prosperity has always been absolutely associated in the American mind with free political institutions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Croly

The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The combination of Federalism and Republicanism which formed the substance of the system, did not constitute a progressive and formative political principle, but it pointed in the direction of a constructive formula.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

At first, it must be remembered, that [women] can never accomplish anything until they put womanhood ahead of wifehood, and make motherhood the highest office on the social scale.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

The first phase of American political history was characterized by the conflict between the Federalists and the Republicans, and it resulted in the complete triumph of the latter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Herbert Croly

So far I, at least, have no fault to find with implications of Hamilton's Federalism, but unfortunately his policy was in certain other respects tainted with a more doubtful tendency.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Herbert Croly

In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.