America 100+ years ago

I just finished reading a book titled “Never Victorious, Never Defeated” written by Taylor Caldwell, copyrighted 1954. It was a story about the first railroad-ers, the owners and the working people, from 1865-1935, and it was a real eye-opener. As I look around these days and see the difference between the haves and the have-nots, and read about the wealthiest believing they are entitled, and that the rest of us should be their slaves, I realize how NOT new all this unsettlement is these days. One thing the book did do was stress God and religion more than I would like, but then I just have to know it was written in 1954 to understand that.

Caldwell was very anti-socialist, anti-communist, and anti-fascist in this book, and wrote a great deal about the writers of those early 20th century days – Marx, Freud, Hegel, Kant, etc. – and the anarchists and fabianists and other ists, and how wars were going to be created over and over so that the richest can get richer, and I think how so very much has NOT changed over the last 200 years.

I have to admit that the writer also was adamant about how big government should not be encouraged, and how the states should have their own sovereign rights, and that is something I do not agree with. And yet I think the difference in my thinking about this in this day and age as opposed to 100 years ago and a little more is because with all the states we have now, and the differences in what each state wants in terms of government, I think we are better off to have a central government to at least hold some sort of order over what each state does. Perhaps we as a country have simply outgrown ourselves. If we were a smaller country, I might think more on the other side, but I feel like there should be some sort of agreement in how things are done countrywide instead of having 50 sets of rules for each state. The difference may simply be that with all of the electronic media, and all of the transportation available now, we are all much closer to one another, and perhaps that is why there is so much strife between different peoples. In the late 1800s, the Irish and the Germans and the migrants of those days were looked on quite as badly as Blacks and Hispanics and Orientals (I know, not p.c.) are looked upon today.

What is the old adage? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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