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Palgrave Macmillan

On American Freedom

A Critique of the Country's Core Value with a Reform Agenda

ISBN 9781137435897
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

On American Freedom critiques the value of freedom as it is now manifest in America's political, economic, and cultural life in light of a more robust value of freedom coordinated around human dignity and civic participation. Drawing from historic sources as diverse as James Madison, Adam Smith, and Catherine Beecher - as well as from contemporary sources like George W. Bush and Bob Dylan - the book paints a bleak picture of this most cherished American value. At the same time, On American Freedom outlines a reform initiative that will secure a more preferred value of freedom by simply by reconfiguring the federal system to include reorganized and empowered city-states capable of serving as sites for a fuller form of freedom than Americans now enjoy.

Kenneth Morris is a writer and former professor of sociology. He currently lives in Costa Rica.

1. Introduction: The Puzzle of Freedom

2. From Republics to a National Empire

3. The Return of Feudalism

4. American Stoicism

5. A Place for Freedom

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