Fall of the Labour Movement
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The many followers of Professor Diver hold that political institutions are always secondary to others; merely products, never creators, of the primary institutions in the economic and educational spheres. The British genius - if such a word can be applied to a nation which is in intelligence almost as much a cross-section of mankind as any other - the British genius is pouring new beer into old bottles. In feudal times the country was governed by a ruling caste. In modern times we have a casteless society and the country is governed by a ruling class. Like democracy itself, the Labour Party was a reaction against the feudal tradition. It arose out of the old working class as it was called, which had such solidarity because its name belied it: it was not so much class as caste. Universal suffrage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries gave political power to the workers.