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I am not concerned with dodging the odium of the word. The proposed definition of democracy is socialistic ... (democracy) should be characterized not so much socialistic, as unscrupulously and loyally nationalistic.
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When Jefferson and the Republicans rallied to the Union and to the existing Federalist organization, the fabric of traditional American democracy was almost completely woven.

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The combination of Federalism and Republicanism which formed the substance of the system, did not constitute a progressive and formative political principle, but it pointed in the direction of a constructive formula.

— Herbert Croly

The interest which lay behind Federalism was that of well-to-do citizens in a stable political and social order, and this interest aroused them to favor and to seek some form of political organization which was capable of protecting their property and promoting its interest.

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American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation.

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In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.

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The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights.

— Herbert Croly

The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created.

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I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.

— Herbert Croly

In the long run men inevitably become the victims of their wealth. They adapt their lives and habits to their money, not their money to their lives. It preoccupies their thoughts, creates artificial needs, and draws a curtain between them and the world.

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So long as the great majority of the poor in any country are inert and are laboring without any hope in this world, the whole associated life of that community rests on an equivocal foundation. Its moral and social order is tied to an economic system which starves and mutilates the great majority of the population, and under such conditions its religion necessarily becomes a spiritual drug, administered for the purpose of subduing the popular discontent and relieving the popular misery.

— Herbert Croly

Women ... are completely alone, though they were born and bred upon this soil, as if they belonged to another class in creation.

— Herbert Croly

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