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Do Modern American Policies Adhere To The Ideals Of The Enlightenment?

~As to domestic policy, thankfully no. A few more years of neo-cons and a little more legislation like the Patriot Act. though, and we could easily revert back a few centuries. This is all the more true if they get to appoint the next two Supreme Court justices, which appointments will certainly side with the conservatives already there and they will have a majority by which to continue the gutting of the Bill of Rights. I value my freedom to much to let that happen, but I seem to be in the minority
As to foreign policy, clearly not. Foreign policy harkens back to the days of the Bureau of Indian affairs. .
Edit: Ah, robe, so true. Almost as myopic as reading the words of John Locke and company without knowing the context from which they were spoken. We have come a long way from the dark days of Enlightenment. The Age of Enlightenment was a step on the journey that got us to where we now are. I, for one, do not want to go backwards.
Locke was pro-slavery and anti-women’s suffrage or participation in the affairs of men (just like the Founding Fathers). The Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas that Locke wrote prove conclusively that he preferred an Aristocratic Oligarchy to an open democracy and that the rights of citizens were subservient and secondary to the rights and authority of government. If you have read and understand Locke, you must realize he would never have condoned the War for American Independence. And Locke was among the most enlightened of the Age of Enlightenment – well ahead of his times and, for the most part, his contemporaries. One must also understand his bias and purpose in penning the Second Treatise on Government. He was, after all, trying to justify the English Roundhead Revolution (a true revolution as opposed to what occurred in North America in the eighteenth century). The Carolina Constitution proves he wasn’t quite ready to practice what he (seemingly and on a superficial level) preached, especially if that practice would be adverse to the interests of his patrons and put him in bad stead with them. If you are interested in Locke, read the Sydney Shoemaker Lectures on him and his work.
As to the Court, I speak not of the current Administration, but the next. I refer to the current composition of the Supreme Court, the majority of whom were appointed by a string of neo-cons and whose lifetime tenures and complete freedom from virtually any checks and balances other than their conscience, ethics and integrity and intellectual honesty (and William Rehnquist proved how little a check they were) and their Brethren gives them the unfettered ability to tear the Bill of Rights and Amendment XIV, and with them my liberty and freedom (and yours) to shreds.

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  • Oscar Himpflewitz says:

    Ideals – yes. And as with most ideals, alignment with them is mostly “fleeting”. However, the educational opportunities today, as one example, as problematic as they are in structure and content, are light years beyond what was offered to children then. The individual yearning for culture and broad interests are far less than at that time, but the net product of individual educational benefits alone are enough to answer yes. Arguing politics of the current or any given administration is myopic in view and too narrowly defines the question.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am
  • robe says:

    No. American politics have changed over the last 200 years to the point where it is no longer “desirable” to refer to the constitution, which was highly influenced by the Age of Enlightenment.

    April 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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