So much as to the solution, by the United States
, of the political problem.
As to the social problem, I observed that the people of the United States
were a community singularly free from the distinction of classes, singularly homogeneous; that the division between rich and poor was consequently less profound there than in countries where the distinction of classes accentuates that division.
I added that I believed there was exaggeration in the reports of their administrative and judicial corruption; and altogether, I concluded, the United States
, politically and socially, are a country living prosperously in a natural modern condition, and conscious of living prosperously in such a condition.
And being in this healthy case, and having this healthy consciousness, the community there uses its understanding with the soundness of health; it in general, as to its own political and social concerns, sees clear and thinks straight.
Comparing the United States
with ourselves, I said that while they are in this natural and healthy condition, we, on the contrary, are so little homogeneous, we are living with a system of classes so intense, with institutions and a society so little modern, so unnaturally complicated, that the whole action of our minds is hampered and falsened by it; we are in consequence wanting