is no more the ideal than Coriolanus
Wealth is no more conceived as the minister to the pleasures of a class of rakes, than as the minister to the magnificence of a class of nobles.
It is conceived as a thing which almost any American may attain, and which almost every American will use respectably.
Its possession, therefore, does not inspire hatred, and so I return to the thesis with which I started — America
is not in danger of revolution.
The division between rich and poor is alleged to us as a cause of revolution which presently, if not now, must operate there, as elsewhere; and yet we see that this cause has not there, in truth, the characters to which we are elsewhere accustomed.
A people homogeneous, a people which had to constitute itself in a modern age, an epoch of expansion, and which has given to itself institutions entirely fitted for such an age and epoch, and which suit it perfectly — a people not in danger of war from without, not in danger of revolution from within — such is the people of the United States
The political and social problem, then, we must surely allow that they solve successfully.
There remains, I know, the human problem also; the solution of that too has to be considered; but I shall come to that