This is the Old World speaking, the world in which governments collapse, kings are beheaded, the proletariat is shafted.
America is the NEW WORLD: Governments do not collapse, even when the Supreme Court installs the wrong government: Kings survive their beheading because the guillotine is a ballot box (like a magician's saw-your-body-in-half box) where the victim emerges without his head (his crown) but still very much alive after four or eight years.
The proletariat is still shafted, but the middle class increasingly assimilates the proletariat and incrementally, very incrementally --things get better.
The glass is half FULL, Slavoj. That is the message of the NEW World.
Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale