The example of France
must not mislead us. There the institutions, an objector may say, are republican, and yet the division and hatred between rich and poor is intense.
True; but in France
, though the institutions may be republican, the ideas and morals are not republican.
not only are the institutions republican, but the ideas and morals are pre; vailingly republican also.
They are those of a plain, decent middle class.
The ideal of those who are the public instructors of the people is the ideal of such a class.
the ideal of the mass of popular journalists and popular writers of fiction, who are now practically the public instructors there, is, if you could see their hearts, a Pompadour or du Barry regime
, with themselves for the part of Faublas.
With this ideal prevailing, this vision of the objects for which wealth is desirable, the possessors of wealth become hateful to the multitude which toils and endures, and society is undermined.
This is one of the many inconveniences which the French
have to suffer from that worship of the great goddess Lubricity to which they are at present vowed.
Wealth excites the most savage enmity there, because it is conceived as a means for gratifying appetites of the most selfish and vile kind.
But in America