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The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics

The Modest Republic

  • Editors
  • Michael P. Federici
  • Richard M. Gamble
  • Mark T. Mitchell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction: From Republic to Empire

    1. Michael P. Federici, Richard M. Gamble, Mark T. Mitchell
      Pages 1-15
  3. America in the World

  4. Political and Economic Immodesty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Michael P. Federici
      Pages 49-62
    3. Gary L. Gregg
      Pages 63-76
    4. Brian Patrick Mitchell
      Pages 95-109
    5. Ralph Ancil
      Pages 111-121
  5. Immodesty in American Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Mark T. Mitchell
      Pages 125-135
    3. Robert C. Koons
      Pages 169-183
    4. Darryl Hart
      Pages 199-212
    5. Michael P. Federici, Richard M. Gamble, Mark T. Mitchell
      Pages 213-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-228

About this book


By identifying and illustrating aspects of American culture that are out of sync with the modest republicanism that gave rise to the United States in the late eighteenth century, the contributors to this volume expose the vulgarity and excess of American culture.


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About the authors

Ralph Ancil, Geneva College, USA Jeremy Beer, American Philanthropic, USA Gregory S. Butler, New Mexico State University, USA Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst University, USA Richard M. Gamble, Hillsdale College, USA Justin Garrison, Catholic University of America, USA Gary L. Gregg II, University of Louisville, USA Darryl Hart, Hillsdale College, USA Robert C. Koons, University of Texas at Austin, USA Jeffrey Polet, Hope College, USA Brian Patrick Mitchell, USA Mark T. Mitchell, Patrick Henry College, USA Claes G. Ryn, Catholic University of America, USA

Bibliographic information


"The theme of the United States as a Republic turned Empire is depressingly familiar these days, but those who cheer or damn the imperial turn focus almost exclusively on war and diplomacy. Largely missing from the debate has been analysis of how the needs of empire can corrupt domestic institutions and culture. The authors in this provocative anthology succeed in filling that gap by asking not only what the United States became, but what Americans lost when their Constitutional, federal, more or less pious, and modest republic ceased to exist." - Walter A. McDougall, Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Citing eminent authorities ranging from Russell Kirk to Bruce Springsteen, this cogent collection of essays offers a bracing rebuttal to the militarists and imperialists seemingly intent on driving America into the abyss." - Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War