Magazine March 8, 2010, Issue


John Dewey in 1902 (Eva Watson-Schütze/Wikimedia Commons)

John Dewey, Liberal Fascist?

Your article “John Dewey and the Philosophical Refounding of America” (Tiffany Jones Miller, December 31) astutely identifies its subject’s rejection of the Founders’ natural-rights tradition — seeing through Dewey’s attempt to conscript Thomas Jefferson as an intellectual forerunner to his brand of liberalism. The author overreaches, however, by insisting that Dewey’s residual Hegelianism led to totalistic condemnation of “virtually every aspect of life in America.” This would situate Dewey’s embrace of social democracy, with democracy prioritized over socialism, in the same camp as the Frankfurt School.

Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer, two of that school’s leading theorists, deemed

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Zamboni Baloney

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