Saturday, January 25, 2014

Liberalism in America by Harold Stearns

Status: One Round of QC (01.25.2014)


This book was recommended by user hobochangba on the LibertyHQ forums. I based it off of this scan on

Fix Notes:

Page 51: par. 0: succinctly

[...] tolerance” (see note above) succintly says: [...]

Page 62: footnote: fortunately

Most of our younger ones, unlike the European nations, we forunately did not lose on the battlefield.

Page 66: par. 2: sympathize

Liberalism, from its very philosophy, cannot and does not sypathize with this method of making the world a better place to live in.

Page 76: par. 1: truthfully

In all this, however, the creative side of life was practically ignored: we might say truthfuly that the human drive back of this development of American liberalism was rather the thwarting of the possessive instincts by the hard facts of our economic life than a positive stimulus towards creative activity.

Page 98: par. 1: vacuum

Into the vcacuum of real opinion of our war aims, which the liberals struggled so feebly to make in some realistic sense conform with the pious announcements of the President and which many other intelligent men

Page 102: par. 1 (very end of page): imagination

It took very little imaginaton [...]

Page 105: par. 1: hierarchy

In varying degrees this problem is present wherever there is organization and a heirarchy of officials.

Page 119: par. 0: coffee

[...] ignorant official who does not understand even what he means, that he can still go to his clubs, and that his wife will not reproach him over the morning coffe for being a fool.

Page 153: par. 0: occur

[...] against the general conventions and beliefs current in his time and his community, and against the neurotic tricks of his own temperament which occasionally will ocur even in the psychologically most normal and healthy of men.

Page 231: par. 1: inheritance

Nevertheless during this rather barren interregnum spiritual period which we are facing the liberal has a peculiar duty towards the art and culture which is our common inheritatnce from the past and towards those few adventurous people who in a time of turmoil and materialism venture to assert the supremacy of different values.

Page 234: Bibliography: anonymously

The State. By Franz Oppenheimer. Bobbs-Merrill; 1914. (Translated from the German anoymously.)


Page 83: par. 0: disturbed (?)

This anger would have resulted, as I have said, partly from an acquiescent ignorance, partly from a desire not to be disturbel in our rapid making of money, and finally from the fact that the people who most violently and powerfully opposed our neutrality policy were just those whom the ordinary man suspected of a desire to get us into war — and as a nation we wanted peace.


I removed the "Liberalism in America" before Chapter 1, it was redundant.

In chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 I changed the blockquote authors to be right aligned.

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