Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America by Richard Harvey Brown

By Richard Harvey Brown

The usa is in transit from an commercial to a postindustrial society, from a contemporary to postmodern tradition, and from a countrywide to a world economic climate. during this e-book Richard Harvey Brown asks how we will distinguish the uniquely American components of those alterations from extra worldwide impacts. His resolution makes a speciality of the ways that fiscal imperatives provide form to the transferring event of being American. Drawing on a large wisdom of yank heritage and literature, the newest social technology, and modern social matters, Brown investigates continuity and alter in American race family, politics, faith, perception of selfhood, households, and the humanities. He paints a vibrant photograph of up to date the US, displaying how postmodernism is perceived and felt via participants and focusing cognizance at the strengths and barriers of yank democracy.

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And they adopt mixed strategies toward product liability, depending on whether federal standards will be stricter or more relaxed than those of each state. In general, American leaders and citizens are ambivalent and often willfully ignorant about the role of the state. Since Franklin Roosevelt, for example, political elites have found it necessary to plan. But they have cloaked their departures from laissez-faire and attempted to make their interventions appear to be short term and merely pragmatic.

This is particularly striking in view of the fact that federal courts are entitled to intervene whenever interstate commerce is involved, and the linkage between formal schooling and access to national labor markets is clear. Similarly, high school students’ readiness for college is assessed by a private firm’s test of college aptitude, rather than by tests of academic performance, which are run by the state in other advanced societies. Perhaps the most dramatic anomaly of state and federal powers was the patchwork of voting methods among different states, and among different counties within Florida alone, in the  presidential election.

The overwhelmingly black election districts mandated by the  amendments to the Voting Rights Act, for example, can elect black aldermen, city councilmen, and state representatives, but these districts rarely foster the interracial alliances necessary for significant changes in public policies. Moreover, neighborhoods segregated away from job networks also lose income and, with that, businesses, more jobs, police protection, and upwardly mobile members. The isolation or despair of those left behind can “defeat programs for empowering black neighborhoods.

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