Bertrand Russell on Andrew Jackson

‘American democracy underwent a great transformation when Andrew Jackson became President. Until his time presidents had been cultivated gentlemen, mostly with a settled position as landowners. Andrew Jackson represented a rebellion against these men on the part of the pioneers and immigrants. He did not like culture and was suspicious of educated men since they understood things that puzzled him. This element of hostility to culture has persisted in American democracy ever since, and has made it difficult for America to make the best use of its experts.’

Reference

Russell, Bertrand (1961) ‘What is Democracy’ in Fact and Fiction. George Allen & Unwin. London.

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