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The Dignity of Humanity

The Dignity of Humanity

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Above all else, America's founders sought to establish the dignity of the individual, with political and economic institutions benefiting the individual, not the converse. Contemporary arguments seek to undermine this ideal of human dignity with the use of ad hominem attacks that discredit the founders and, by association, their ideals. Yet, the dignity of humanity is at the very core of the American Republic. This paper reviews the history of Western thought that led to a negative outlook on the human condition, why it triumphed over the positive voices, and how this negativity influenced our society, government and economy along the way. This devolution led to hyperindividualism, paradoxically denying individualism and human dignity.
Above all else, America's founders sought to establish the dignity of the individual, with political and economic institutions benefiting the individual, not the converse. Contemporary arguments seek to undermine this ideal of human dignity with the use of ad hominem attacks that discredit the founders and, by association, their ideals. Yet, the dignity of humanity is at the very core of the American Republic. This paper reviews the history of Western thought that led to a negative outlook on the human condition, why it triumphed over the positive voices, and how this negativity influenced our society, government and economy along the way. This devolution led to hyperindividualism, paradoxically denying individualism and human dignity.

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Good point on indebtedness = resignation. The accumulation of debt by the U.S. government at such an early stage was part of Hamilton's plan, along with a national bank. Much of Hamilton's (and later Henry Clay's) plan never fully bloomed until after the Civil War, but the debt remained with us, save for one year (1836, I believe).
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Self-governance: when Adams finally succeeded in borrowing funds (The Netherlands) that debt pay-back became a priority to facilitate future borrowings if needed; and why the USA has hallmark debtor characteristics; indebted people lose their sense of free will; necessitated tolerating less healthy workplace conditions; an inability to get of the treadmill; resigned to a life of indebtedness
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