End of This Phase of American History?
James DeLong offers a provocative argument in the American. He says that we are experiencing the"Special Interest" phase of American history (the third major era), and that this might end--possibly because raiding the Treasury can't go on forever.
comments powered by Disqus
Roderick T. Long - 4/24/2009
started in 1776 as far as I can tell.
Lester Hunt - 4/23/2009
Another possibility for the next phase that is at least as realistic as the two that DeLong considers is: the breakup of of the former USA into several independent or loosely confederated republics.
William Marina - 4/23/2009
I find DeLong's efforts to talk of continued Republic phases utterly confusing. If, in the New Deal, so-called phase of our Republic, the Federal Gov't by his own description already had "unbridled" power, how could it be said the US was really still a Republic by any meaningful definition of that term? Little Jamie Madison, with his notion of "Feudal" Republics, must be rolling over in his grave.
John Adams in 1775 phrased it very nicely, that a Republic had a rule of Law, an Empire was rule by despotic men without any sense of Law. That is a pretty apt description of America today.
To call this a "Third Republic" is nonsense! It is, perhaps, the Fourth stage or phase of Empire, to be a bit more accurate.
With great structured pretense, he has given us verbal garbage, or at the very best, garbled verbiage!
- New Hampshire professors at odds with library over discarded books
- Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
- Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle
- LBJ was the ‘most-threatened president in American history’
- New exhibit at the World War I Museum ... Over by Christmas: August-December 1914
- Ken Burns on Colbert to promote his new documentary, "The Address"
- UC Santa Barbara History Department featuring a series on the Great Society at 50
- Historians are trying to recover censored texts from World War I poets
- Diane Ravitch blasts the NYT for failing to understand the controversy over Common Core
- Mormon history professors debate atheists in bid to foster greater understanding