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Being America : liberty, commerce, and violence in an American world

Author: Jedediah Purdy
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Purdy explores how America simultaneously inspires love and hate; how it can be both an emblem of liberty and a symbol of runaway power; how its export of free market and democratic ideals is sometimes welcome, sometimes read as an expression of violent imperialism. He examines the rise of new forms of political community, from international Islamic fundamentalism to sweatshop activism. After extensive journeys  Read more...
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Purdy, Jedediah, 1974-
Being America.
New York : Knopf, 2003
(OCoLC)606372889
Online version:
Purdy, Jedediah, 1974-
Being America.
New York : Knopf, 2003
(OCoLC)606934885
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jedediah Purdy
ISBN: 0375413073 9780375413070
OCLC Number: 51616419
Description: xii, 337 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: I Empires of Desire --
II The Memory of Wounds --
III Liberty and Commerce --
IV The Oratory of Commerce --
V Living in History.
Responsibility: Jedediah Purdy.
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Purdy explores how America simultaneously inspires love and hate; how it can be both an emblem of liberty and a symbol of runaway power; how its export of free market and democratic ideals is sometimes welcome, sometimes read as an expression of violent imperialism. He examines the rise of new forms of political community, from international Islamic fundamentalism to sweatshop activism. After extensive journeys through Asia, Africa, and around America, he reports on attitudes of activists and ordinary people: what young lawyers in Cairo say about the September 11th attacks; what teenagers in Delhi and environmentalists in Jakarta think about American consumerism. Purdy revives the lucid, intelligent voice of Montaigne to help untangle difficult ethical questions. He draws on the writings of James Madison, Adam Smith, and Edmund Burke, among others, to help explain our legacy of liberal freedoms and prejudices.

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