TITLE

HUMANISM UNDER SIEGE THE MORAL MAJORITY AND THE LEGITIMATION CRISIS

AUTHOR(S)
Magrass, Yale R.
PUB. DATE
May 1984
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;May84, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p130
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The meaning of humanism, was vague, to the author until it was attacked as collusion with the devil by groups which the author had previously dismissed as the "right lunatic fringe." Suddenly they were gaining real political impact. It became all important to proudly proclaim the author a humanist. American capitalism might be replaced, not with socialism, but with a new authoritarianism. The author realized that many of ideals of liberal capitalist were the same as humanism, freedom, equality and tolerance. Capitalism was in crisis because its structure prevents it from fulfilling ideals it preaches. It creates expectations it can not satisfy. For those committed to present structure, the solution may be to change ideals, possibly through creating a quasi-feudal theocracy. Although humanism represents an ancient tradition, the term has only been popularized recently. It has received most of its public exposure from its most adamant opponents, who castigate it as virtually the root of all evil, something alien to American soil. Many of those who find themselves attacked as humanists never previously identified themselves as such. This is because humanism is not a single world view but rather a common theme running through a broad panorama of ideologies.
ACCESSION #
11578309

 

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