Downton Abbey and American Class

One of my favorite writers, Timothy Egan, in The Times (“Downton and Downward”) zings this across the screen–a quote from Andrew Carnegie:

“They (Repubs) would do well to remember the words of Andrew Carnegie, the capitalist who gave away his vast fortune. Carnegie was born in a single-room weaver’s cottage in Scotland, and saw the British class system at its worst before he moved to America.  “There is no class so pitiably wretched,” he concluded late in life, “as that which possesses money and nothing else.”



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