THE IMMIGRANT IN THE SADDLE
THERE is no historic evidence that men and women think politically, except under awful stress. They muddle through war and financial disaster because they must, or perish. At such times what is one man's concern is everybody's concern.
Solve the exigency and there is a frightful relapse. "Shall we not return to our muttons, neighbor?" That is the general spirit, and matters of state are left to the hireling. This is how in America we have reconstruction periods, humanitarian legislation to coerce (not help) God into a realization of his beneficent plans, and drives for naturalization.
Evidence is lacking, at least evidence that has come within my ken, which discredits the assertion that men and women do not think politically except under pressure. This may be economic (whether or not it involves conflict). It may be spiritual when a Nation is possessed by a god, (God I prefer to say) as is the poet or prophet. The assertion is bald, and seems the balder be-