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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Joseph J. Ellis




"Once you realize equality is the exception, not the rule in a capitalistic society, the question changes. It is not, 'How can we free the marketplace from government regulation to increase productivity?'; it is instead, 'how can we free ourselves from illusions about the free market to assume a more equitable distribution of wealth?'" - Joseph J. Ellis, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us (2018OCT16)

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed on the probable path of inherited inequality. To Jefferson, clearing the monarchical habits of the old world would be enough to make America a place for only a natural aristocracy of talent. Adams' reading of history, you don't escape domination of the many by the few so easily.