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American CredoThe Place of Ideas in US Politics$
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Michael Foley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.001.0001

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Progress

Progress

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(p.175) 8 Progress
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American Credo
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Michael Foley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.003.0009

This chapter discusses the importance of progress in American society. Change is conceived as being largely synonymous with vitality, purpose, and direction, and is viewed as an integral and imperative feature of an open society. Political, economic, and social forms of progress are generally thought to occur in tandem and, especially so, in a social order like that of the United States which is traditionally geared to the emancipation of human potential for individual action and collective enterprise.

Keywords:   American society, progress, change, open society, human potential

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