Sunday, December 3, 2017

Schlesinger Jr Said This In 1941

I am going to reformat – he spoke this as a paragraph; I am posting it as separated sentence/thoughts - Schlesinger’s words to fit how I think 21st Century Americans read things like this; but that is the only change; it would seem to me that anybody that has some semblance of a brain will find what he say to be obvious – and unsettling.


Paris, December 2016:

“I am finally finishing "The Age of Jackson" written in 1945 based on lectures the author (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.) delivered in 1941.

I just read the following:

‘... since this is a capitalistic society, the class most interested in its security and prosperity is the capitalist class, which thus should have the most power.

The theory has survived every test but experience.

It simply has not worked. Since the Federalist party the American business community appears to have lost its political capacity; it has not been, in the strict sense, a ruling class.

In placid days power naturally gravitates to it as the strongest group in the state; but through American history it has been unable to use that power very long for national purposes.

Moved typically by personal and class, rarely by public, considerations, the business community has invariably brought national affairs to a state of crisis and exasperated the rest of society into dissatisfaction bordering on revolt’”.

With donnie as president and the republicans in control of both houses of the legislature, god help any of us who care about America.

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