But after 1848 the artists and intellectuals turned sharply against capitalism. From this, alas, came the events of 1914 and 1917 and all our woe.
That's the forward story. But the historical evidence of how people have felt about capitalism and the bourgeois life, and what capitalism and the bourgeois life might have to do with ethics, is perhaps best assembled backwards.
Nowadays the clerisy — which is what Coleridge and I call the artists and intellectuals, the writers of books, and the readers of History Today — often disdains the bourgeoisie. It is highly suspicious of capitalism. A ...
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