America and Cosmic Man by Wyndham Lewis

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It has become their habit to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds: or, rather, loudly announcing themselves on the side of the hare, to tag along pretty consistently with the hounds. This applies even to the best of them, and my first subject, according to my computa­tion, is very good. The hero-cult indwelling in this spectacular office makes of them mythological figures whose cunning is almost as prominent as their valor and strength, as we find when consulting the legends of primitive people: so those habits of theirs are not reprobated except by the most class- conscious of hares.

Are as dissimilar as can well be conceived. They are not only contrasting, but opposite. They differ diametrically both in principle and practice. " In contrast to this view, what strikes me is their resem­blances much more than their differences. Mr. Garvin was, I believe, speaking without firsthand knowledge of the Russian scene. It interested me to see Mr. Malcolm Muggeridge (who has) quoted recently as saying that the United States had re­minded him more of Russia than of any other country he knew.

In the present era of social and economic change the division tends more and more to conform to a class polarity. But it is never the same from one decade to the next. All that is constant is the ostensible duality: its "Two-Party" character. In Britain today the last General Election brought Labor into power in the most decisive manner. At last we have a genuine cleavage between the two main Parties. The Labor- Capital issue is a very different one from the vague Liberal- Conservative one which preceded it.

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