For those new to these pages, a review. It’s history as seen through the eyes of business, because that’s where political power comes from in this country. The business of America has always been business. It’s our Hamiltonian heritage. And it’s still true.
Because America has developed, politically, in relative isolation, since 1788, what happens here is mostly based on what happens here. Europe and Asia had to re-set after both World Wars. Africa still doesn’t rule its own destiny. Most of what happens in Latin America remains a reaction to what we (in our blundering way) have just decided to think, do, or imagine there.
But this country is different. We are less a place than an idea, that idea being that if you accept what we stand for, raise your hand, and take an oath, you’re one of us. This allows America to continually evolve, and to renew itself.
Our Founding generation split politically within 12 years of the Constitution, then ruled for 28 more before the divisions they had papered over required plastering. Theirs was a mostly agrarian society, which fought its political fights over whether it would build the infrastructure needed to industrialize.