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Which 3 Ideas Most Inspired the American Enterprise?

The historian Paul Johnson names 3 characteristics of primordial Americanism on page 4 of A History of the American People.

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April 14, 2013 - 10:00 am

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1)Reading
2)Writing
3)Arithmetic
4)Manufacturing
5)Cheap Energy
6)American (quest for)Excellence
Simple, not really too darn complicated. Social Engineering gums up the works.
52 weeks ago
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Darn. I thought this was going to be a worthwhile and interesting post. Not so.
1 year ago
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1. Elbow Room
2. Making a Killing in the XXX Market.
3. Let's have some FUN!
1 year ago
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The comments of Paul Johnson are just plain dopey. America was founded upon the ideals of religious freedom not religious zeal. Certainly unlike the Crusaders no attempts were made to influence the personal choice of how to worship. As far as " cupidity " goes many of the signers of The Declaration of Independence placed their personal fortunes as well as their lives on the line to establish a free America. Adventure? perhaps but it seems the good professor should leave the " ivory tower " a bit for a little rounding off his own personal education. Ambition? Now thats a funny barb from a guy who sits down to write a book and sell it.
It seems that in truth PHD does sometimes mean " Piled higher and deeper. "
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Raci-cide, Imperi-colonialism, misogy-homophobia - Liberal Version of Western History.
1 year ago
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I would argue that the doctrine of Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and so forth was easily as important, if not more significant than any of those. Prior to the "American Experiment" you were loyal to the King, in most instances, regardless of what he did, or which way he worshipped. In England, Catholics and Protestants agonized over what would happen if someone from the opposite denomination were to inherit the throne, but no one ever thought in terms of religious freedom, or not many anyway. Most Catholics and Protestants yearned for a monarch who was from their own denomination, who would impose it on everyone in the Kingdom without exception or mercy. This came to be true of politics, and at times even business.

In America, we trashed all of that and gradually widened both freedoms, to the point that religion and politics are now theoretically free...
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I have a friend who attributes everything to dopamine.
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