There Is No Such Thing As An Equality of Condition

James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper

“There are numerous instances in which the social inequality of America may do violence to our notions of abstract justice, but the compromise of interests under which all civilized society must exist, renders this unavoidable. . . . If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, we must have its rights; if we have the rights of property, we must take those consequences of the rights of property which are inseparable from the rights themselves.”

“The equality of rights in America, therefore, after allowing for the striking exception of domestic slavery, is only a greater extension of the principle [that] there is no such thing as an equality of condition.” — James Fenimore Cooper, “The American Democrat”, 1838

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