‘Thought leaders’ like Croly and Bourne established the Liberal Mindset long, long ago…

Fred Siegel's The Revolt Against the Masses

Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses

“Croly and Bourne hoped for a re-founded regime that would break with the “monarchism” of a totemic Constitution. “Disinterested” intellectuals, as well as poet-leaders, experts, and social scientists such as themselves would lead the new regime.”


 “Like Wells [H.G.], Croly called for a centralized power that might be, he acknowledged, “injurious to certain aspects of traditional American democracy.” But this was no great loss, because “the average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to serious and consistent conceptions of his responsibilities as a democrat.” The “erroneous and misleading” democratic tradition, he concluded, “must yield before the march of a constructive national democracy” remodeled along French lines.” The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 10.

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