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There have never been any “masses” in America: the poorest American is an individual and, subconsciously, an individualist. Marxism, which has conquered our universities, is a dismal failure as far as the people are concerned: Americans cannot be sold on any sort of class war; American workers do not see themselves as a “proletariat,” but are among the proudest of property owners. It is professors and businessmen who advocate cooperation with Soviet Russia—American labor unions do not. America is the land of the uncommon man. It is the land where man is free to develop his genius—and to get its just rewards. It is the land where each man tries to develop whatever quality he may possess and to rise to whatever degree he can, great or modest. It is not the land where one glories or is taught to glory in one’s mediocrity. No self-respecting man in America is or thinks of himself as “little,” no matter how poor he may be. That, precisely, is the difference between an American working man and a European serf.- Ayn Rand “Screen Guide for Americans,”Plain Talk, Nov. 1947
I find a lot of truth in this, AB. Unfortunate that it is changing.. the prolotariate is winning. The more highly educated we become the more Europeanized we become.
I see what we have now is a complete inversion of what she said. One of the things I always hated about Pat Buchanan and those like him in describing the US is being a 'Eurocentric' culture. We aren't. We are very unique and the foundation of our culture was to throw off much of European culture.