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The Place Of Optimism In American Life

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America has been known as the happy land to outsiders, the source of wonder because as Bismarck supposedly said God offers a special benevolence to fools, drunks, and the United States of America. In summary, as the maldistribution of income grew in France, even as the total amount of wealth increased, trickling down as it were on the heads of the common people, intellectuals dreamed of bureaucracies that could bring their visions into fruition. Historically, America has relied more on the good sense of the average citizen in approving public policy than on the good sense of elites, even when paradoxically this depends on the average citizen exercising self-restraint so as not to interfere with the bureaucratic expertise of elites upon which the modern economy, and modern government, rests.

Keywords: American life; bureaucracies; Optimism

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