Thanksgiving Is Ruined

The Personal is Political. The Political is Personal.

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October 22, 2003
More from Mumford

Maybe I'm a narcissist. But I read a book about America's Gilded Age (The Brown Decades) and it reminded me uncannily of my own, the present day. What did I see when I was there? Passages such as:

Conjure up the sordid parade of cut-throats, business gamblers, political mercenaries, short-sighted industrialists, sporting dandies, and demagogic religious preachers who claimed the spotlight during this period.

Or again:

The conception that each man had a legal right to do as he would with his own far outbalanced any sense of the common weal.