Time Essay: The Weakness That Starts at Home

The willpower of the Americans astonished me ... the determination that has transformed a handful of emigrants into a powerful nation; the industry which has made it great and wealthy; and the wisdom which is leading it onward to a glorious and assured future.

—Count Vay de Vaya, a Hungarian traveler in America, 1908

No power on earth can prevent the increasing equality of conditions ... from leading every member of the community to be wrapped up in himself... And no one can foretell into what disgrace and wretchedness they would plunge themselves lest they...

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