To Make Democracy Safe for the World

in The Lost Promise of Patriotism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226315836
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226315850 | DOI:
To Make Democracy Safe for the World

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This chapter presents a clear point as been till now assumed that is the understanding by the cosmopolitan patriots of the United States, as a liberal proposition did not lead them to reject national allegiance in favor of a hollow universalism. Debs also recognized naturally that democratic principles mandate thick local commitment and increasingly thin foreign commitment the farther one moves from home. For the Spanish-American War case, the cosmopolitan patriots agreed with William James that the United States promoted the conditions of democracy by ending Spain's rule over Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, but violated democracy's cardinal injunction against legislating in another's interest when it crushed the Filipino independence movement and annexed the archipelago. They sometimes disagreed about the righteousness of specific policies, but they were alike in weighing the merit of foreign policy on the scale of national self-determination and equal opportunity and justice for individuals.

Keywords: cosmopolitan patriots; universalism; national allegiance; democratic principles; democracy; self-determination

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