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New American Ideology (Paperback): George C. Lodge
New American Ideology (Paperback): George C. Lodge

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George C. Lodge

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George Lodge develops a fresh approach to U.S. history and contemporary problems. Our current "crisis of institutional legitimacy," Lodge argues, springs from the obsolescence of our ideology, which he sees as historically grounded on John Locke's ideas. Lodge - a Harvard Business School professor and scion of the famous dynasty - lists the main premises of the Lockean creed as individualism, which is today being replaced by "communitarianism"; property rights, being displaced by the peoples' rights to property use; competition, losing out to community interest as society's regulator; and limited government, currently Changing into a more interventionist planning government. Our cherished Lockean ideas Lodge believes, are unique, even aberrant, in the full spectrum of other societies and cultures. And he ranges, often rambles, across all of world history, science and philosophy attempting to prove how atypical American political ideas really are. To adjust to new situations, including materials shortages, pollution and urban needs, Lodge calls for increased government planning and new types of labor-management relations based on the experiences of Japan, Peru, Sweden and Yugoslavia. Perhaps naively, Lodge sees government inefficiency and bureaucracy as resulting from its being "hobbled" by the outdated commitment to a limited state. While his solutions may seem simplistic, he has some sensible things to say about the need for an adjustment of American thinking in the face of rapidly accelerating change. (Kirkus Reviews)

In George Lodge's classic account, now appearing for the first time in paperback, the author argues that America is in the midst of a great transformation, comparable to the one which ended the medieval era in the West. The old ideas--individualism, property rights, competition, the limited state, and scientific specialization--have become increasingly irrelevant in a world of necessariliy huge organizations and limited resources. The United States today has become a considerably less self-assured nation, lacking a sense of direction and control, profoundly uncertain about authority and legitimacy.


Imprint: New York University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 1986
First published: October 1986
Authors: George C. Lodge
Dimensions: 230mm (L)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 978-0-8147-5027-8
Barcode: 9780814750278
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political ideologies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political ideologies > General
LSN: 0-8147-5027-3

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