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Bernard Iddings Bell on “the American way of life.”

26 May 2012

 “We have organized an economic life in which our people serve not one another but each himself, each herself, each group itself, with nine-tenths of his thought, her thought, its thought, concentrated on extracting from the common wealth all ease that can be wangled in return for as little creative usefulness as many be gotten by with: having brought this monstrous perversion into being, we have had the effrontery to call the resultant scramble ‘the American way of life.’”

– Bernard Iddings Bell, in The Altar and the World

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