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This expanded essay could just as well have been titled `Why isn¿t America like Germany?¿ When he wrote this, Sombart was a committed Marxist (he later became a Nazi) and he is trying to answer his own questions. His questions centered around one issue: `Since Marx predicted socialism or communism to be a natural product of capitalism, and America was the most advanced capitalist country why didn¿t socialists make more progress in America?¿He comes to two primary conclusions. His first is that America has no classes. (It may actually have them, but Americans do not believe it.) With no feudal aristocracy, the working class viewed itself as standing on a rung of a ladder which included Marx¿s bourgeois and they saw no use in a movement to destroy that ladder. His second conclusion was that American prosperity was limiting the opportunity for socialist growth. American workers had two or three times the effective income of German workers. Since they had enough to eat and wear, they saw no need for radical change. There are a few additional reasons given that have minor impacts, such as the normal American resistance to third parties and the ability of workers and minorities to become attached to local party machines within cities. (He does seem to overlook Black exclusion and the woman¿s suffragette movement).The value of the work to me is the view that Sombart gives (unintentionally) of what I call `American Exceptionalism¿. These are useful insights, but very hard to extract, so I can only recommend it to serious and committed students of that topic with time to spare.