By Timothy J. Lukes

This ebook holds classical liberalism answerable for an American notion of good looks that facilities upon ladies, desert, and machines. for every of the 3 good looks elements, a cultural entrepreneur supremely delicate to liberalism’s survival schedule is brought. P.T. Barnum’s exhibition of Jenny Lind is a masterful mixture of woman attractiveness and feminine efficiency within the subsistence realm. John Muir’s Yosemite Valley is definitely beautiful, yet in basic terms after a rigorous liberal schooling prepares for its adventure. And Harley Earl’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is a dreamy expressionist sculpture, yet with a pragmatic 265 cubic inch V-8 beneath.  Not that American attractiveness has been uniformly pragmatic. The Nineteen Fifties are reconsidered for having briefly facilitated a leisure of the liberal survival priorities, and the creations of painter Jackson Pollock and jazz virtuoso Ornette Coleman are evaluated for his or her resistance to the pressures of pragmatism. the writer concludes with a provocative hypothesis concerning a destiny liberal habitat the place Emerson’s admonition to connect stars to wagons is rescinded. 

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