Author: Hoover, Herbert
Genre: Politics / Government
Tags: Democracy / Government / Politics
Rick Shrader‘s Review:
This is a 1923 book by the 31st President of the United States. Hoover was a champion of individualism as an American ideal. This was written in ’23, six years before he became President and before the Great Depression that plagued his administration and made him a very unpopular President. He writes concerning individualism, “Our individualism differs from all others because it embraces these great ideals: that while we build our society upon the attainment of the individual, we shall safeguard to every individual an equality of opportunity to take that position in the community to which his intelligence, character, ability, and ambition entitle him; that we keep the social solution free from frozen strata of classes; that we shall stimulate effort of each individual to achievement; that through an enlarging sense of responsibility and understanding we shall assist him to this attainment; while he in turn must stand up to the emery wheel of competition.” This is not a bad point of view.