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The Debate over the Historical-Political Background of a Civic Multicultural Society

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Author(s): Israel Idalovichi

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 3;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Pax Americana | American Revolution | political violence | Enlightenment | venture | plenty | American Weltanschauung | democratic values

ABSTRACT
Ongoing political, military and social violence gives the impression that liberal ideas of freedom, democracy and multicultural society do not serve as a barrier to the shedding of blood. This paper shows that recognizing the way powerful interests color our conceptions of truth and value and need not automatically result in a purge of all existing social-political categories. Consequently, the paper addresses many of the ambiguities that a critique of ideology and values tends to evoke, paying special attention to the prevailing explanations of world power, violence and world peace in our contemporary reality, especially in the fields of sociology and ideology. The significance of several factors in the American Weltanschauung that have a major impact on life today have been examined.
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