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Downton Abbey, and the State's Big Power Grab - with Jeff Tucker
In this episode of “What Then Must We Do?”, I speak with Jeff Tucker about his recent article, "Downton Abbey, the Corruption of the Great Families, and the Future of Freedom."
We talk about Downton Abbey, its insights into the role of the "great families" in a free society, and also the massive transfer of wealth and power - from private to public - that took place during the period chronicled by the show, and which continues in spades in the 21st century.
We discuss the actual workings of a free society - something most Americans and Britons alive today have little direct experience with. We also discuss the "corruption" of the great families, and how the classes that have traditionally upheld individual liberty have now almost entirely defected to the side of the centralized state.
...and we talk about what comes next.
Jeff is Founder and President of the Brownstone Institute.
And oops! I never played that clip from the show! Here it is.
Here is a transcript of our conversation - it’s a new feature from Alitu, and I can’t vouch 100% for its accuracy!