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1. The Race of Life a. i. Bettering One’s Condition and the Race of Life 1. A fundamental belief that anyone can better his condition through hard work has caused generations of Americans to strive for prosperity 2. Adam Smith a. “The principle which prompts to save, is the desire of bettering our condition” 3. Throughout American political thought, the metaphor of the race of life is used to justify some people winning the race, as long as each has an equal opportunity to compete b. Jefferson i. In his agrarian ideal, Jefferson married Lockean capitalism to the Puritan glorification of work , so that people might be left alone by the government to improve themselves through labor and enterprise c. Jackson i. Jackson strongly disputed Hamilton’s legacy: banking and corporations ii. For Jackson, the National Bank represented a restriction on economic competition, and prevented new producers from attaining success iii. Like Jefferson, he perceived an egalitarian society, in which the
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course GOVT 3665 taught by Professor Kramnick, i during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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