This post is part of what I hope will become an ongoing series on Moltmann’s political theology. You can check out my first post in this series here. Since we are coming up on one of the most important American patriotic holidays this weekend – Independence Day – I thought it might be a good time to share what Moltmann has to say about the American Dream. What we find here is, I think, both a powerful affirmation of the American Dream as an ideal, and yet a sobering reminder of what it means for the rest of the world if the American Dream is only for America.
In On Human Dignity, Jürgen Moltmann has an essay called “America as Dream”, where he states: “Before there was the American dream, there was America as dream.” (p. 147) In other words, what we today call “the American dream” was a human dream long before it was identified with a certain place. It may be identified particularly with the United States as an important experiment and expression, but its aims are for everyone. It is both particularist (the mission of America) and universalist (for the good of mankind). Continue reading The American Dream is the Human Dream