Taylor’s bargain: The Rise of the Megacorporation

And I say that Taylor’s bargain was to present the Americans with a choice, as it were. A choice over which they could, in fact, exercise their will if they could figure out what it was to be decided and how they wanted to decide it. They were faced with a choice of accepting the new industrialization and the material wealth that it produced. And thereby sacrificing the elements of autonomy, which many of them had cherished and which many of them believed was the animating value of the American experiment in responsible self government.

… Brandeis was, in the words of one of his biographers, a Jeffersonian for the 20th century. And I think that sort of thing captures it. And I believe, in large measure, that these guys were right. That is, I think that America is now a much, much more materialistic country than it was even 120 years ago.


Godwin’s Corollary: In War Debates, the Probability of Hawks Invoking Hitler Approaches One

Hawks are constantly drawing dubious comparisons to World War II, the “good war,” in order to pressure Americans into initiating other wars nothing like it.

For hawks, it is always 1938.

But as Michael Hirsh writes in National Journal, “Bashar al-Assad, a tinpot dictator who is fighting only for his own survival, is no Hitler. He’s not set to overrun an entire continent. And the ‘lessons of Munich’ and the dangers of appeasement are generally overdrawn.”