Mr. Mill definitely reveals through this writing, his personal and profound similarities concerning the "tunnel vision" of hard-working ethics and strict social structure created during the Victorian Age. The Victorian Age and its industrialization brought about great change in the values of its people, and influenced John Stuart Mill as well. The middle class in particular had abounding opportunities to create new wealth. They were prone to "vicious profiteering" (1033) of their fellow man which was created by their "immense ambitions" (1033), that brought about an empathetic but disassociation with the lower class laborer. Mr. Mill as well, had difficulty in personal relationships due to his hard working "habit of analysis" (1146), which he believed had tended to "wear away" his feelings (1146), toward personal relationships and others around him.
Ever since they had boats Europeans have been looking for lucrative trade routes and other ways to turn a profit. The ruling monarchs of these countries contributed a great deal to this. They saw vast profits from these ventures through taxes and the customary “ Royal Fifth” which was a fifth of all profits would go straight to the King and/or Queen. Also royalty or other nobility within the country personally funded a large majority of explorations. Trading and exploration companies just helped push the trend further and made the exploitation of newly discovered lands big business.
Americans want to be rich so that they can gain more for themselves to fulfill their greed, which never can be fully satisfied. The majority of people in today’s society can be characterized as the “Takers” of the world. This situation that has grown to be the common way of life has blossomed over time into the mess that we observe today. Greed did not always rule society the way it does today. Literature and memoirs from a by-gone era prove this to be especially true.
In conclusion, the Gilded Age was a time of corruption and prosperity on both a political and economic scale. The everlasting lust for money and power is what drove the US to become the superpower it is today. Although the US faced many political and social issues during this time it is apparent that they as a nation triumphantly overcame the obstacle of being a small dependent country. With dexterity and perseverance the States became the most powerful industrial force in the world within a few decades.
When you are young and even well into your adult years people will tell you there will always be somebody who is smarter, faster, happier, or better at something than you are. This is true for all periods of time but in the Gilded Age those who were better gained more and more crushing the people below them with unprecedented greed, corruption, and power. The few exploited the many by way of opportunity. Something our nation was built on, yet the avaricious elite used it for evil methods. In the years that followed Reconstruction many issues came up including whether laissez-faire was the correct system to follow.
In history, it seems inarguably true that when a nation advanced in power and wealth, changes will soon followed. These changes affected the political, economic and social system of that nation, and often came as an advantage for wealthy individuals, while detrimental to others less fortunate. An example of this notion can be seen in American History. After the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, America quickly surpassed Great Britain in industrial production thus became the leading nation in industrialization. However, great things do not come without a cost; the rapid technological expansion in the US would initiate the crisis of the 1890s.
This is due to the fact that some people will always be able to work harder, be more innovative and be more talented than others, and therefore be more profitable and promote themselves higher in the economy whilst others will fail. Because of the inequality of wealth in a truly Capitalist society with... ... middle of paper ... ... Since the war the Government has still kept a lot of control but the opportunity for entrepreneurship is available. The economy in the United Kingdom is, as far as I can see, the only way a society can flourish. The Government tax people but provide, health care, infrastructure, education and welfare as well as owning certain industries to keep some form of economic planning available to them.
People today would have a hard time recognizing their names, much less remembering what these presidents did for the country. This shows the un-involvement of the national government at this time, national government was more for maintaining peace then it was for improving individuals’ lives. During this time the US received a large growth in industrialization, with millions of immigrants coming in and ready to work. Because of these large amount of available workers companies were now mass producing items. The businesses that were successful at this obtained an enormous amount of wealth, while the ones that could not keep up as quickly with mass production, were eaten up by the big businesses.
63). The unfair treatment sparked a ... ... middle of paper ... ... Americans, ignoring others” (pg. 73). There were still problems between the rich and the poor in spite of them joining forces to gain their Independence for Britain. The rich just like today have total control because they are able to use their resources to work in their favor.
The values and ideology that are present in a capitalist society make wealth and power the most desired goals. These values in early America caused violence among neighbors, formed new social entities such as crowds and committees, and gave rise to the Revolution and the Constitution. The social effects of capitalism in early America is immeasurable but obviously had far reaching. The fact that our nation is built upon such values and ideology can explain much about the condition in which we all live today. Wealth and power have become the most important end result all the way from the people who live in the ghetto to the man who runs this country, President Clinton.