Peter Smith

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Regional ‘nations’ in North America

Following on from my recent post on philosophy in everyday life I came across this interesting piece from Colin Woodard in Tufts U magazine. Briefly, Woodard argues that there are 11 regional ‘nations’ in North America defined largely by the religious and communal philosophies of those who initially founded and formed them. These different nations have quite different attitudes towards the relationship between the individual and government, and — the particular focus of this article — towards the use of violence. .

The full article is at:

I see that he has published what I assume is a fuller account of his theory: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.. 

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This entry was posted on November 8, 2013 by in North America and tagged , , .
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