The First Freedoms and America's Culture of Innovation

The First Freedoms and America's Culture of Innovation

Author: Narain D. Batra

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442225886

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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This is a book about the dynamics of the aspirational society. It explores the boundaries of permissible thought--deviations and transgressions that create constant innovations. When confronted with a problem, an innovative mind struggles and brings forth something distinctive--new ideas, new inventions, and new programs based on unconventional approaches to solve the problem. But this can be done only if the culture creates large breathing spaces by leaving people alone, not as a matter of state generosity but as something fundamental in being an American. Consequently, the Constitutional mandate of “Congress shall make no law…” has encouraged fearless speech, unrestrained thought, and endless experimentation leading to newer developments in science, technology, the arts, and not least socio-political relations. Most of all, the First Freedoms liberate the mind from irrational fears and encourage an environment of divergent thinking, non-conformity, and resistance to a collective mindset. The First Freedoms encourage Americans to be iconoclastic, to be creatively crazy, to be impure, thus, enabling them to mix and re-mix ideas to design new technologies and cultural forms and platforms, anything from experimental social relations and big data explorations to electing our first black president.

Innovation and the Transformation of Consumer Law

Innovation and the Transformation of Consumer Law

Author: Dan Wei

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811589485

Category: Law

Page: 466

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This book covers technologies that pose new challenges for consumer policy, creative developments that can help protect consumers’ economic interests, innovative approaches to addressing perennial consumer concerns, and the challenges entailed by emerging ways of creating and delivering consumer products and services. In addition, it reflects on past successes and failures of consumer law and policy, explores opportunities for moving consumer law in a different direction, and discusses potential threats to consumer welfare, especially in connection with the changing political landscape in many parts of the world. Several chapters examine consumer law in individual countries, while others have an international focus.

The First Freedoms and America's Culture of Innovation

The First Freedoms and America's Culture of Innovation

Author: Narain D. Batra

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442225874

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 235

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The First Freedoms and America s Culture of Innovation explores how the triangulation of the First Freedoms, open and competitive marketplace, and global brain-and-muscle-inflow into the United States generates spaces for Americans to become constant tinkerers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Innovation at the highest level is a form of creative transgression that generates entrepreneurial possibilities and opens up opportunities that make up the aspirational society. If history has a pattern of decline and fall, the First Amendment is the monkey wrench that breaks the pattern."

Launchpad Republic

Launchpad Republic

Author: Howard Wolk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119900061

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

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Will America's entrepreneurial spirit continue to define its destiny? What can the rest of the world learn from America's experience? In Launchpad Republic: America's Entrepreneurial Edge and Why it Matters to All of Us, Howard Wolk and John Landry provide an insightful and thought-provoking history of entrepreneurship in the United States, with a focus on the political, legal, and cultural forces that have sustained "creative destruction" and propelled the country forward for more than 200 years. In telling this story, the book highlights the critical features that have set America apart from other countries and identifies the key attributes necessary for it to maintain leadership for years to come. Entrepreneurship is a rebellious act, and America's democratic system is unique in enabling new companies to challenge established ones. As a result, the country enjoys not just more robust start-up activity, but also a dynamism that forces big companies to improve—or face the consequences. It protects both property rights and the right to compete in ways not enjoyed elsewhere, encouraging investment and innovation. Aside from assessing how American entrepreneurial capitalism unfolded, the authors address current challenges such as the rise of the "Big Tech", concerns about inequality, inclusivity and sustainability, and the evolution toward stakeholder capitalism. They compare the American approach to both Continental Europe's consensus-oriented framework and China's authoritarian model. Launchpad Republic offers readers: Insights into how America's political, legal and cultural history helped make the country the most dynamic economy in the world since inception A framework for understanding how the country's balanced and limited government, decentralized financial and corporate system, and responsiveness to consumers all served to enable innovation and improved standard of living while avoiding many of the pitfalls of cronyism and protectionism Fascinating comparisons between the United States and other countries, both historical and contemporary, that provide important context to many of today's critical issues A book that covers important topics in an easy to read style, Launchpad Republic belongs in the library of every policy wonk, capitalist, entrepreneur, founder, business leader, amateur historian, and technologist with an interest in how America's relentless entrepreneurial spirit has influenced—and will influence—its destiny.

On Cultural Freedom

On Cultural Freedom

Author: Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226301001

Category: Social Science

Page: 173

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In this timely study, Jeffrey C. Goldfarb explores the nature and prospects of cultural freedom by examining the conditions that favor or threaten its development in the political East and West. Goldfarb--who examines conditions in the Soviet Union, the United States, and their respective European allies--focuses most closely upon Poland and the United States. He investigates a wide range of concrete cases, including the Polish opposition movement and Solidarity, the migration of artists, the American television and magazine industries, American philanthropy, and communist cultural conveyor belts. From these cases, Goldfarb derives a definitive set of sociological conditions for cultural freedom: critical creativity which resists systematic constraints, continuity of cultural tradition, and a relatively autonomous public realm for the reception of culture. Cultural freedom, Goldfarb shows, is not a static state but a process of achievement. Its parameters and content are determined by social practice in cultural institutions and by their relations with other components and the totality of social structure. So defined, cultural freedom is transformed from an ideological concept into one with real critical and analytical power. Through it we can appreciate the invisible nature of constraint in the West and the unapparent but acting supports of cultural freedom existing in socialist countries. Most importantly, Goldfarb's conclusions provide a framework for understanding more clearly than before the circumstance of cultural freedom in both East and West so that citizens may utilize their full creative abilities as they address the problems of the present day.

US Defence Strategy from Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom

US Defence Strategy from Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom

Author: Robert R. Tomes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135985622

Category: History

Page: 224

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US Defence Strategy from Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom examines the thirty-year transformation in American military thought and defence strategy that spanned from 1973 through 2003. During these three decades, new technology and operational practices helped form what observers dubbed a 'Revolution in Military Affairs' in the 1990s and a 'New American Way of War' in the 2000s. Robert R. Tomes tells for the first time the story of how innovative approaches to solving battlefield challenges gave rise to non-nuclear strategic strike, the quest to apply information technology to offset Soviet military advantages, and the rise of 'decisive operations' in American military strategy. He details an innovation process that began in the shadow of Vietnam, matured in the 1980s as Pentagon planners sought an integrated nuclear-conventional deterrent, and culminated with battles fought during blinding sandstorms on the road to Baghdad in 2003. An important contribution to military innovation studies, the book also presents an innovation framework applicable to current defence transformation efforts. This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, US defence policy and US politics in general.

Extraordinary Questions

Extraordinary Questions

Author: Allyn David McAuley

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781608446810

Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

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"These irreconcilable tensions derive from the same source, from the failure of Western rationalism to erect a solid house on a solid foundation, as it promised it would. That is, Western philosophy promised an elegant structure with the top floor comprised of the gracious rooms for human living, the space where man lives happily with man because he understands the cosmic necessity of the moral truths; he knows surely what he and his fellow man should do to be fulfilled and happy in the most sublime sense of happiness. The discovery by rational science that man is an historical and biological accident convinced the philosopher that moral truths must be 'relative' to unsupported human choice and therefore that our moral certainty would have to be derived from the non-scientific realm of faith, the realm of religion and art, the realm of the non-rational. Today, the good news is that this problem is really almost academic, as they say. From the late nineteenth century through most of the twentieth, the failure of Western rationalism created a great outpouring of thought and expression, from thinkers, artists, scientists, and ordinary 'intellectuals.' Even the great world wars were often understood in light of this issue. Today, all is quiet on the Western front. The vacuum left by the failure of Western rationalism in regard to human morality seems to have been filled quite nicely by the Judeo-Christian (and Islamic) religions, and perhaps they always carried most of the burden for most of us, anyway. Only in the hallowed halls of our academies (if there) do earnest students and professors argue over the foundations of human thought and action. Now that things are quiet and old controversies are largely ignored, if not exactly laid to rest, it might be enjoyable to start thinking again. For when the entertainment is over and one is alone, the mind turns to reflection..." In this collection of essays, Allyn McAuley explores many of the largest themes in Western philosophy from a fresh perspective. He believes that both primary branches of contemporary philosophy have lost the original animating spirit of Western thought, and attributes this to their implicit acceptance of modern moral relativism. Advocating a return to the naive questioning characteristic of our native intelligence, the author examines popular views on such diverse issues as abortion ethics, the Internet and human freedom, extraterrestrial intelligence, business theory, and international human rights. He moves from these topical reflections to offer thoughts on extraordinary questions that he believes are beyond the mastery of any philosopher, yet demand the attention of all thinking men and women- questions on the nature of truth, beauty, love, happiness, and the immortality of the human soul. McAuley concludes with the contention that philosophy by itself is insufficient and that the scientific impulse must be supplemented by the artistic sensibility in order to yield true understanding-and therefore happiness, the goal of human life."

Religion and American Culture

Religion and American Culture

Author: David G. Hackett

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041594273X

Category: Religion

Page: 550

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Religion and American Culture challenges the religion's traditional emphasis on older European, American, male, middle-class, Protestant, northeastern narratives concerned primarily with churches and theology. Breaking through the field with multicultural tales of Native American, African Americans and other groups that cut across boundaries of gender, class, religion and region, David Hackett's anthology offers an illuminating and comprehensive overview of the most exciting work currently underway in this field.

John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom

John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom

Author: Leonard Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199716500

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Edited by prominent musician and scholar Leonard Brown, John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music is a timely exploration of Coltrane's sound and its spiritual qualities that are rooted in Black American music-culture and aspirations for freedom. A wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews featuring many of the most eminent figures in Black American music and jazz studies and performance --Tommy Lee Lott, Anthony Brown, Herman Gray, Emmett G. Price III, Tammy Kernodle, Salim Washington, Eric Jackson, TJ Anderson ,Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Olly Wilson, George Russell, and a never before published interview with Elvin Jones -- the book examines the full spectrum of Coltrane's legacy. Each work approaches this theme from a different angle, in both historical and contemporary contexts, focusing on how Coltrane became a quintessential example of the universal and enduring qualities of Black American culture.

Rebound

Rebound

Author: Kim R. Holmes

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442223813

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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There is a huge concern in America today that the country is in decline, one of the few sentiments that – nationally – our increasingly polarized political leaders can agree on. Americans fear that the economy and our culture itself are in deep crisis. They are also frustrated that the ruling classes are unable to fix America’s problems. Kim R. Holmes’ Rebound taps into these concerns, taking a fresh look at how America has moved away from the principles and practices that once made it the world’s greatest nation. Far from accepting America’s inevitable decline, as so many today do, Holmes argues that decline is a choice, not an inevitability or destiny. To restore our culture, revitalize our economy, and ensure we return to being the world’s number one power, America must reconnect with its historical DNA: the ingredients of its greatness. This book lays out the vision and roadmap for how America can bounce back, with examples from throughout our nation’s history that prove we’ve always been able to meet the challenges facing us, no matter how largely they may loom.

Experimentation in American Religion

Experimentation in American Religion

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520337305

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1978.

Cuban American Political Culture and Civic Organizing

Cuban American Political Culture and Civic Organizing

Author: Robert M. Ceresa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319562858

Category: Political Science

Page: 163

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This book studies civic organizations in Miami’s Cuban community. Few places in the United States have been transformed by immigration the way Miami has been transformed by Cuban exiles. Cuban civic organizations help to explain why this is the case. Civic organizations are the heart of the story of the social and political power and influence of Miami’s Cuban community. This community is home to a broad tradition of active political participation and many civic organizations. The sheer number of organizations suggests they have something to do with the community’s considerable vibrancy and civic capacity. How do the organizations work? How have they managed to be so successful over so many years? What can be learned about successful civic organizing from their experience? How will changing United States-Cuba relations impact Cuban civic organizations, and, in turn, broader Miami? These are questions this book helps to answer.