America Faces the Future (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jan 6, 2018 - 354 pages
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Professor John Dewey has called our attention to this Situation: I find that many who talk the loud est about the need, of a supreme and unified Ameri canism of spirit really mean some special code or tradition to which they happen to be attached. They have some pet tradition which they would impose upon all. A League for Americanism in one of our great States has recently been organized, apparently for the actual purpose of defeating health insurance and other welfare bills. An organizer of the League is quoted as saying to one of its paid lecturers, The Americanism part of it is a joke. You can go ahead and stir up sentiment on Americanism, and other men will follow after you to attend to the freak legislation.

This pseudo-patriotic propaganda is but a camou flage for the self-seeking of various selfish interests. Or it may be the expression Of an instinctive hatred Of aliens. We have lately seen, for example, foreign musicians of genius and refinement, men whose con duct and manners were irreproachable, humiliated and persecuted by those who call themselves One hundred per cent Americans. Surely, as the first commandment to the ancient Jews was, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, so the first demand upon our honor should be not to use this name of ours that symbolizes the noblest and most unselfish aspirations except as our hearts are gen uinely devoted to those ends.

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