Henry Ford


HENRY FORD’S HOLD on America’s imagination—indeed, on the imagination of the world’s masses—was not due to his fabulous financial success. And it can only partly be explained by the overwhelming impact of the automobile on our way of life. For Henry Ford was less the symbol and embodiment of new wealth and of the automobile age than the symbol and embodiment of our new industrial mass-production civilization.

He perfectly represented its success in technology and economics; he also perfectly represented its political failure so far—its failure to build an industrial order, an industrial society. The central problem of ...

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