Tag: aristocracy

Quote of the Day: Capitalism and Socialism

 

“Under capitalism, the rich grow powerful. Under socialism, the powerful grow rich — and everyone else grows poor.” – Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)

Why is socialism growing more powerful in the United States? Because it directly benefits the gentry class: those running the country and those supporting them. This includes not just the political elite, but also the upper-middle-class, credentialed workers who work white-collar jobs – management and technology. The folks who can work remotely and get all their wants and needs delivered to their door.

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Many American businesses seem to now feel it is incumbent on them to take positions on the political issues of the day, even at the cost  of alienating a substantial number of their customers. There is a historical precedent for this–the British actress Fanny Kemble, visiting the US circa 1830 observed with amusement a store […]

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‘No Princes; No Kings’: A Proposed Constitutional Amendment

 

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution states:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

To put it bluntly, the intent of the Founders was to ensure that America would be a nation that would not suffer under the machinations of either Kings or the Princes they might beget. It’s a reflection of the condition J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur found in Americans when writing his “Letters from an American Farmer” in which he extolled the virtues of the fledgling nation’s people and how it changed those who came to it, saying:

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I was showing the family an old comedy starring the inimitable Mr. Eddie Murphy. Then it was over; then came the news, where the local PM under indictment or in the environs thereof told some EU gathering about transparency in government. Then an advertisement on TV for a newspaper: Buy this rag / tabloid & you’ll […]

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