The world passed at a stride from a unity and simplicity broader than that of the Roman Empire at its best, to as social fragmentation as complete as the robber-baron
period of the Middle Ages.
And that was a day of romance; If those robber-barons
were somewhat grim and drunken ogres, they had a certain grandeur of the wild beast in them,--they were forest boars with tusks, tearing and rending, not the ordinary domestic grunter; they represented the demon forces forever in collision with beauty, virtue, and the gentle uses of life; they made a fine contrast in the picture with the wandering minstrel, the soft-lipped princess, the pious recluse, and the timid Israelite.
Williams knew what we--in our sentimental and fraudulent retelling of our nation's founding story--usually omit: That the impulse for religious freedom was being hijacked by robber-baron
But hold on; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (also known by the unfortunate acronym MAMFW, or "mam-fwuh") was founded as the Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery way back in 1892, decades before many larger cities got their own robber-baron
palaces turned public showplaces.
This would include monopoly, collusion, price fixing and other robber-baron
With true robber-baron
panache, the monstrous magnate uses his newfound wealth to benefit humanity, founding a new New York opera house to rival the Metropolitan.
The carriage has been kept in immaculate condition, with a table-setting in the dining car showing his taste for fine silver, crystal, decanters and his own bone china dinner service - in short, the style that every robber-baron
plutocrat of his day aspired to