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Plutocracy And The Labor Movement

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There has always been a dilemma in American history over whether America should be a consumers democracy or a workers democracy. This was usually resolved in favor of the former. By the time of the Progressive Era at the beginning of the 20th century far less was expected from bosses in terms of paternalism and even moralism than in the early days of the Republic. The Progressive Era was one where rule by disinterested, objective, scientifically-minded professions, and the professionals who made up them, was often touted as the way to return morality and community to an increasingly anonymous society. This chapter discusses plutocracy and the labor movement, and then shows how Prof. Walzer in good liberal fashion discussed in general terms the need for people to reason together for the public good.

Keywords: American history; democracy; labor movement; plutocracy; prof. Walzer



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