There is a tendency to exaggerate the “evils” which of the factory system and factory legislation was not essential to the ultimate disappearance of those “evils.” Conditions which modern standards would condemn were then common to the community as a whole.
People who use slavery to trash the founders have contempt for our constitutional guarantees of liberty. Slavery is merely a convenient moral posturing tool they use in their attempt to reduce respect for our Constitution.
I recently have been reading a number of books written by European travellers who visited the United States, particularly, in the early and mid-decades of the 19th century.
Marx’s critique of capitalism and capitalist society has shaped much of the social thinking in Western countries that led to the welfare state and extensive government intervention into economic affairs.
To then accuse capitalism of causing the poverty — while in the very act of eradicating it — is to commit both a historical error and a profound injustice.
Who were the towering heroes in both Great Britain and the United States responsible for so markedly improving human living conditions?
America needs to rediscover the Founders’ commitment to individual rights.
In the 19th century, liberalism was identified with the belief in and the defense of individual liberty in various spheres of life.
The opportunities open to my young relatives in Harlem — and to other young blacks elsewhere — were not nearly as good as the opportunities open to me back in 1948.