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Title The present age : progress and anarchy in modern America / Robert Nisbet.
Imprint Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, [2003]


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 149 pages)
Series Online library of liberty.
Note Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1988.
Includes index.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject United States -- Defenses -- Economic aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Bureaucracy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Federal government -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
State, The.
World politics -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States.
Genre History.
Contents The prevalence of war -- The new absolutism -- The loose individual.
Summary "The Present Age, Robert Nisbet's analysis of the United States in the period after 1914, provides an original take on "the American century." This learned, elegantly written essay extends the analyses of Tocqueville and Bryce of the threats that bureaucracy, centralization, and creeping conformity post to liberty and individual independence in the Western world. Nisbet depicts the unprecedented "militarization" of American life in the decades after 1914 as a tragedy - the necessary resistance to National Socialist and Communist totalitarianism that fed into and reinforced the profound tendencies toward centralization in modern society."
"Nisbet criticizes Woodrow Wilson's moralistic and militaristic foreign policy and desire for "progressive" social democracy and social engineering at home. His critique of the American "itch to intervene," rooted in "pious universalism," is quite relevant to contemporary debates about humanitarian intervention. And his discussion of the "despotic" character of the modern state raises the question whether republican self-government can survive the relentless expansion of the state's concerns and responsibilities."--Jacket.
Other Title Print version: Nisbet, Robert A. Present age. Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, [2003] 0865974098