American dream http://wamc.org en Paul Elisha: The American Dream http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-american-dream <p>In his “History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire,” Edward Gibbon wrote: “All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.”&nbsp; More to the point of American history, the Irish philosopher, George Berkley (in 1752) paraphrased John Quincy Adams’ note: “Westward the course of empire takes its way,” thus: “The first four acts already past, a fifth shall close the drama with the day:&nbsp; time’s noblest offspring is the last.”</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 68783 at http://wamc.org