Self-education, according to Forrester, is „not everything; culture has yet to be conquered. What about the state? Forrester is responsible for supporting culture; the state and parties should patronize it, not support it.
To excite the crowd, Forrester manipulated vocabulary, music, and other forms of communication to fit the spirits of the times. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as many other cultural figures, are believed to have been inspired by ideas of civilization and freedom. But in the eighteenth century, patriotism had already become a cliché in the United States. American patriotism had come to be seen as a frenzy that, given the national interest, could only be channeled into a power struggle.
I am willing to bet that Jefferson and his friends enjoyed poetry, Shakespeare, or writing music more than advocating military might and political stability.
Besides, the Jeffersons, Adamses, and Lincolns may not have been fully grateful for what was created in the 1750s era.
Even so, Jefferson cannot be accused of blind bigotry; he merely followed his convictions.
As a result, if one considers that he led the culture, then perhaps one should not have been surprised that the United States became a new society, different from others in sixteenth-century America.
However, as we shall see later, it is not so surprising.
After a series of brilliant essays, Thomas Forreter is back on his favorite horse: political and cultural values. He believes that our culture is in deep crisis, that it is splitting into two factions, liberalism and conservatism. We live in a world divided into a „bright past“ (or „beautiful era“) and a „dark present.
The Jeffersons were influential in creating the form of government we know today. They believed that the state should protect liberal and democratic values (e.g., freedom of speech), but should not impose them on the people, but rather should guarantee respect for human rights.
Opposing this tradition, representatives of the conservative party argue that opposition to education and curbing the printed word is right-wing radicalism.
Does this form of conservatism represent the true opposite of liberalism?
Forrester is often compared to the thinkers who pioneered American democracy.