All posts in tag: American individualism

Claude Fischer The 47% charge in U.S. history

There are many angles — and many comments on each angle — to Mitt Romney’s statement that 47% of American voters are “dependent upon government, … believe that they are victims, … believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, … that they are entitled to health care, … More >

George Lakoff Romney, Ryan, and the Devil’s budget: Will America keep its soul?

Coauthored with Glenn Smith

America was born with a great soul, a moral view of Democracy in which citizens care about their fellow citizens and join together to take responsibility not just for themselves but for each other, for America as a union, a joint enterprise. The government’s job was to … More >

Claude Fischer Unique, sovereign, American

It is as foolish to characterize a nation by only one trait as it is to characterize a person by only one trait. Yet such simplifications can be helpful. A “happy-go-lucky” person, for example, will regularly respond to a range of situations differently than a chronic worrier (and probably live … More >

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