Thursday, May 30, 2019

An Argument Against a Presupposition Essay -- Political Science

In The American Democracy and Its National Principle, Herbert Croly makes an eloquent and poignant case for adopting a guinea pigistic frame of mind. fit in to Croly, we are rapidly approaching a junction where we must choose between the traditional values, measures and mind set of our past or embrace the opportunities of the future. As a slew we should realize that the future holds great promise, and that is why we should focus on empowering a centralized system of governing body that replaces the antiquated approach to governance regional centricity whose players are driven by their self-interest rather than the common sober. This may sound like nationalism but this is an inadequate assessment. To Croly, nationalism is a much grander thing. Nationalism requires substantially more than merely centralizing the government there must be a shift in how people count themselves, from a collection of states into a single American people. Nationalism is a philosophical ideal tha t far outstretches any tangible thing. Nationalism requires a incorporate frame of mind focused on a single point of governance. Crolys opinion, while not revolutionary, was still regarded with suspension by many people in 1909 (the year Crolys essay was published). People who were wary of a nationalistic government and a unified frame of mind had a good argument against Crolys essay. Much of this essay focuses on this argument against Crolys presuppositions regarding the progressive outcome of nationalization.First off, Croly bases everything in his argument on the claim that the national interest is predicated on democratic principles (as cited in Eisenach, p19). This is why people should have nothing to fear from a nationalistic government i... level (Eisenach, viii). I do not buy the argument that consolidating more power into the national government invariably leads to progress. At the same time, Crolys argument against nostalgic dogma is tumefy founded and enli ghtened. Indeed, there are several interesting points Croly makes about the ramifications of inaction and indifference regarding amending the constitution. However, it was evident to me after reading the essay that his call for progressivism had, at best, several uniform flaws and, at worst, paralleled fascism to an alarming degree. Works CitedCroly, H. (1909). The American Democracy and Its National Principle.(as cited in Eisenach, p)References to the introduction section are in roman numeralsEisenach. (2006). The Social and governmental Thought of American Progressivism. Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (Eisenach)

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