The Shaping of American Character by Arthur D. Robbins

Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Allegory of Good Government. Detail. 1338-40. Fresco. Palazzo Publico, Siena, Italy

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
December 10, 2015

Have you ever thought that who you are as a person is determined in part by the government you live under? Political philosophers have been considering such a possibility going all the way back to the early Greeks. Government shapes us either by engaging and empowering us through participation or by assuming all power unto itself and leaving us to go our separate ways alone and isolated.

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