1877, taste and class

Reading James Buchan’s  Book on Edinburgh.  It is clear how much upper class taste became of the model for the development of the town and it’s institutions. Adam Smith thought it was all foppery but that it {drove commerce and was a good thing.  As we try to get out from under the oppressive dimination by consumerism    and move toward a more equitable and interesting view of life, quite a task of turning the present into a project for archaeology

 

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