Essay: HELP WANTED: Maybe Mary Poppins, Inc.

COULD there be a connection between history and the parlor maid, between civilization and nanny? It has been seriously suggested that Greece began to decline when it acquired too many servants. It was also suggested, long ago and no less earnestly, that the West is declining because it does not have enough servants. "Destroy the leisure class, and you destroy civilization," said J. P. Morgan, who defined the leisure class as those families who kept at least one "in help." J.P. will hardly be remembered as a dazzling social philosopher, a Spengler of...

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