Progressives Used to Fight “Robber Barons.” Now They Support Them.

The far left takes a Marxist interpretation of American history: that America is the most powerful nation on earth because it exploited its own people, plundered and pillaged other countries, and generally cheated its way to the top. They point to the “robber barons” of the late 19th century — men like Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt, who took the Industrial Revolution to its fullest potential and, though they certainly exploited people along the way, also gave away most of their fortunes to charitable causes. They are messy and complicated figures who did a lot of good, but also a lot