Toward an Affirmative State

Lerner, Max
June 1942
New Republic;6/8/42, Vol. 106 Issue 23, p794
Focuses on the shape assumed by the U.S. government under the stress of depression and the World War II. Ideas to be employed in the country in order to make it more affirmative and positive in terms of a nation-state; People of the United States can be viewed as the inheritors of an economy which is on the downside and an inadequate governmental and legal machine; Emphasis on the preservation of the kernel of validity amidst the changes in actual government; Description of two types of cultural inheritance; Relevance of ideas becoming more pronounced; Filtering of ideas which are valid from those which are obstructive; Seeking of democracy for the tasks of revolutionary age; Decentralization of administration; Organization of common man for the tasks of economic and political control.


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