"Over the last hundred years,
the United States has been transformed from a nation of small capitalists
into a nation of hired employees; but the ideology suitable for the nation
of small capitalists persists, as if that small-propertied world were still
a going concern. It has become the grab-bag of defenders and apologists,
and so little is it challenged that in the minds of many it seems the very
latest model of reality" (White Collar: The American
Middle Classes, 1951, p. 34).