Daily Archives: January 4, 2010


In the mythology of classical liberalism centuries of deference and hierarchy were leveled by the advent of private investment, “free trade,” and the fabled career open to talent. If the medieval bondsman was compelled by tradition to doff his cap and drop to his knees in the muck when any minor aristocrat rode past, scattering chickens and trampling children, the New Man of capitalism was an Agent, limited only by ambition and craft.

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