The system of autocracy which prevails in American industry today is in all essentials the same as that which drove our forefathers to revolt. In the automobile industry, Mr. Henry Ford is "the state" just as much as King Louis ever was in France—and just as fully convinced of his divine right. A nation which has democracy in its political affairs and autocracy in its industrial and financial affairs is a house divided against itself, a house built upon sand, a pyramid resting upon its apex.
Upton Sinclair's article appeared in the 100th Anniversary issue. Subscribe to The Progressive for just $14.97 to get full and immediate access to our digital archive which includes this issue by clicking here.