Blazing Forward, Looking Backward
This chapter analyzes the parallels between Burke and Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). It argues that despite Roosevelt's “trailblazer” politics, there exists his more culturally conservative, Victorian, and backward-looking worldview. Roosevelt was not exclusively a modernizer. By his own admission, he also wanted to restore traditional conduct in America. In many ways he shared a common outlook with the Whigs and the genteel Victorians, particularly on two points: that the world remained above all else a moral universe, and that the moral universe could only be navigated properly by a man of virtue. In addition, the chapter also shows the contrasts between two otherwise psychologically and culturally similar statesmen.
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