The Role of Philosophy in American Foreign Relations: John Fousek’s "To Lead the Free World"

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John Fousek’s book To Lead the Free World, offers a remarkable perspective on the role philosophy played in American foreign relations. Indeed, the beginnings of the Cold War helped to shape American global nationalism ideology, which has been rooted in the “White Anglo-Saxon” philosophy, that the U.S. was destined to rule the world. In developing his thesis, Fousek focuses on the cultural context in which policymakers worked, and how the Cold War policy consistency developed through perceptions, relevance and its impact on foreign relations. He did a thorough analysis on some of the more intriguing speeches of Harry S. Truman on U.S. foreign policy; and the role the press, which helped in the spreading of American nationalist beliefs. …show more content…
Arguably, the rapid transformation of U.S. ideology, underscore the importance the Truman administration placed in projecting American nationalism globally. Without a doubt, the enormous support from the press such as Life Magazine, who argued that “the diplomacy of spreading our own principles of freedom” made it easier for the U.S. to meet the emerging competition with the USSR. (p.47).
Undeniably, with all this support behind him, the president was glorified for his attempt to project American power abroad, and the press platform thus gave him the opportunity to do so.
Fousek argued, as a result of encouragement from the press, and even the NAACP, between 1947 and 1950, many nationalist believed in the idea that the United States was destined was to rule the free world or to put it politically be the leader. Fousek demonstrates remarkably how the consensus on nationalism and conservative views were instrumental in manifesting U.S. global dominance through many of the concepts shared by Henry Luce and Henry Wallace provocative essays and displays of advertising on American global power. Indeed, not all elements of American society agreed with the notion of the “divine right” of America to rule the world. He did his utmost to highlight the historical context in America’s view of global nationalistic dominance, which had a tremendous impact on U.S. relations and the containment of the USSR.
Naturally, not all sectors of society

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