Common-sense criticism, I repeat, of all this hollow stuff there is in America
next to none.
There are plenty of cultivated, judicious, delightful individuals there.
They are our hope and America
's hope; it is through their means that improvement must come.
They know perfectly well how false and hollow the boastful stuff talked is; but they let the storm of self-laudation rage, and say nothing.
For political opponents and their doings there are in America
hard words to be heard in abundance; for the real faults in American civilization, and for the foolish boasting which prolongs them, there is hardly a word of regret or blame, at least in public.
Even in private, many of the most cultivated Americans
shrink from the subject, are irritable and thin-skinned when it is canvassed.
Public treatment of it, in a cool and sane spirit of criticism, there is none.
I vain I might plead that I had set a good example of frankness, in confessing over here, that, so far from solving our problems successfully, we in England
find ourselves with an upper class materialized, a middle class vulgarized, and a lower class brutalized.
But it seems that nothing will embolden an American critic to say firmly and aloud to his countrymen and to his newspapers, that in America
they do not solve the