By Paul M. Rego
This ebook examines the political considered Theodore Roosevelt, particularly his ceaseless wish and energy to reconcile America's individualistic culture with the extra collectivistic beliefs of his innovative brethren. Many students and lay-people alike solid Roosevelt as both 'conservative' or 'liberal,' yet his political proposal defies so easy an interpretation; it used to be extra nuanced and had a bigger objective than mere ideology. a radical learn of Roosevelt's writings finds his conviction that the suggestions of private autonomy and civic drawback weren't at the same time specific. in truth, Roosevelt argued that it was once as the ideas of self-reliance and private freedom have been very important that it used to be occasionally worthwhile for the whole group to exploit its collective power_and, sometimes, the associations of the government_to permit participants to do what they can now not do by myself. in addition, whereas Roosevelt encouraged and was once answerable for a superb growth within the regulatory powers of the nationwide govt, he understood, not like many different revolutionary reformers, that inspirational rhetoric and optimistic instance might be pretty much as good as institutional reform and the strength of legislations in compelling members to help each other in a spirit of civic attachment. In his public writings, Roosevelt sought to form the yankee brain in ways in which he concept right. Even his writings on nature, searching, ranching, and armed forces lifestyles have been a part of his political idea in that they have been meant to educate americans concerning the significance of balancing these individualistic values which are fit and important to a society (discipline, own accountability, and a powerful paintings ethic) with such confident collectivistic values as an appreciation for mutual help and a priority for the great of the neighborhood.
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Theodore inherited a strict moral code from his father. ” Theodore never once hesitated in following this advice. He did not smoke because of his desire to remain in peak physical shape, and he also regarded it as a vice. Similarly, he drank alcohol only occasionally and considered gambling to be a waste of both money and time. Finally, sex was to be reserved for marriage. All and all, Theodore refused to do anything he would be ashamed to admit to his father. 32 At the same time, Thee taught his son Years of Preparation 37 the need to back rhetoric with action.
Fine, Laissez Faire, 86. See also William Graham Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1883), 30–33; Sumner, “Challenge of Facts,” 119–22; William Graham Sumner, “State Interference,” in Essays, vol. 2, ed. Albert G. Keller and Maurice R. Davie (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934), 142–45. 46. Fine, Laissez Faire, 88. See also William Graham Sumner, “Democracy and Plutocracy,” in Essays, vol. 2, ed. Albert G. Keller and Maurice R. Davie (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934), 217–19; William Graham Sumner, “Separation of State and Market,” in Essays, vol.
American Ideal: Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism by Paul M. Rego