Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Summed It Up A Long Time Ago

 This is from The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

"... 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. "

Since the current batch calling themselves "republican" are the latter day descendants of the Federalists it interesting that there may be a revolutionary and irrevocable breech occurring between the "capitalist class" and its elected factotums.

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