The industrialist robber barons of the late 19th century were predatory and
materialistic their bloated corporations were threats to those humane and democratic values that made America great. Business tycoons turned modern America, with its standardize life and machine culture, into a place in which Jefferson, Jackson and Lincoln would be strangers. The giants of industry were primitive souls, ruthless, predatory, capable; single-minded
men, rogues, and rascals often, but never feeble. “The contrast between the palace of the millionaire and the cottage of the laborer with us today measures the change which has come with civilization. This change however is not to be deplored, but welcomed as
highly beneficial. The Socialist or the Anarchist who seeks to overturn present conditions
is to be regarded as attacking the foundation upon... [continues]
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