ter finishing today’s Blog post, I decided to make sure that I uploaded two new research articles for Digital Library IV. The ones in question are called:
- Claiming Thomas Jefferson: The Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian Genesis of American Progressivism
- One Day in September/A Week in February: Mobilizing American (Sporting) Nationalisms
The first article happens to be the one where Nietzsche and Spengler’s perspectives were used to understand American Progressivism in its early history. The Agrarian Populist tradition that began among the Democrats would later find its way into the Republican Party later in the 20th century. It is significant that it was they who would birth, on the one hand, the “Paleoconservatism/Neoconservatism Distinction” during the 20th century, and the sort of Populism that gravitated around the Trump Presidency in this century. Meanwhile, a “Transvaluation of Values” is constantly being engaged among the Progressives, as they are always trying to redefine themselves. Not for the sake of “adapting to the times,” but for the purpose of bolstering the foundational aims of Jeffersonianism in economic life within the State of Total Mobilization. There is an understandable Intent behind why the Progressives have deferred to the Federal government on addressing economic policy issues, employing “Hamiltonian means for Jeffersonian ends.” After all, it was Jefferson whose Weltanschauung proved incapable of providing directions on how America should guide its industrialization and urbanization over the past two centuries.
The other article pertains to what I wrote yesterday about American Nationalism. In the context of the Bush 43 Presidency, the sort of Jeffersonian Nationalism that I mentioned about in The Third Place, which coincided with Jeffersonianism’s own conception of Conservatism, was on full display in the early 2000s. As we would later find out, this moment did not last nor did it continue into the 2010s, as evidenced by the subsequent rise of the Trump Presidency.
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