Excerpt from The Book of the Sons of the Revolution in Indiana: Number Two
It must be observed, in the first place, that the social freedom and mobility which permit every superior person to rise to his appropriate level in democratic society would be doubtful advantages, if ... for every person or family which should rise another should sink. If society as a whole is to gain by mobility and openness of strue ture, those who rise must stay up in successive genera tions, that the higher levels of society may be constantly enlarged, and that the proportion of pure, gentle, mag nanimous, and refined persons may be steadily increased. New-risen talent should re - inforce the upper ranks. New families rising to eminent station should be additions to those which already hold high place in the regard of their neighbors, and should not be merely substitutes for de caying families. In feudal society, when a man had once risen to high rank, there were systematic arrangements, like primogeniture and entailed estates, for keeping his posterity in the same social order. A democratic society sanctions no such arrangements, and does not need them; yet for the interests of the state, the assured per manence of superior families is quite as important as the free starting of such families.
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