Anti-intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter

By Richard Hofstadter

Original yr of publication: 1962; 1963

"The such a lot complete, succinct, and well-written one-volume remedy of the topic now available."--Walter Laqueur

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was once presented the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. it's a ebook which throws mild on many beneficial properties of the yankee personality. Its obstacle isn't basically to painting the scorners of mind in American lifestyles, yet to assert whatever approximately what the highbrow is, and will be, as a strength in a democratic society.

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An interesting, although little known, example is provided by Aktion t 4. 17 Each of the three regimes, moreover, developed an extra-virulent form of racism to justify its aggressive drive for more and more “living space” (in German, the infamous Lebensraum). Japanese racism was directed mainly against the Chinese, the Indochinese, and in fact, all other Asiatic people and served to justify, in Japanese eyes, the arrogance and brutality of the Japanese troops. And during World War II more Slavs were killed than any other group of war victims in previous history.

The most genuine and vigorous fascist movements arose in three countries—Italy, Germany and Japan—which, while trailing behind the capitalist leaders in industrialization and empire, were well ahead of the laggards. ITALY, GERMANY, JAPAN In Milan on March 23, 1919, in a hall offered by a businessmen’s club, former socialist Benito Mussolini transformed a collection of black-shirted roughnecks into the Italian Fascist party. His word “fascism” came from the Latin fasces for a bundle of rods with an axe, the symbol of State power carried ahead of the consuls in ancient Rome.

When one uses the term to refer only to the formal machinery of representative government, the maxim is a meaningless cliché. Much tinkering with, and perhaps improvements in, democratic machinery might even be expected on the road to serfdom. But if democracy is seen in terms of the decentralization and counterbalancing of power, then the subject for analysis is the reconstructing of society itself. I show how the forces that have prevented friendly fascism from emerging already could be strengthened in the future.

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