Was America Born Capitalist?
On the creation of capitalism.
Of all the "isms" that afflict us, capitalism is the worst. According to many scholars, capitalism has been ultimately responsible for much of what ails us, in both the past and the present, including our race problem, our grossly unequal distribution of wealth, and the general sense of malaise and oppression that academics in particular feel. It is not surprising therefore that scholars should be interested in the origins of such a powerful force, especially one that seems to affect them so personally.
The trouble is that we scholars cannot agree on the nature of the beast. Some...