In Budweiser’s ‘Dilly Dilly’ commercial is a fantasy glimpse about the rise of capitalism: the common man and common woman finally getting their chance to prosper.
Beethoven’s music coincided with the explosion of wealth and freedom that came with classical liberalism, and America’s founding.
Capitalism changed everything. It exposed our entrenched assumptions about class as largely a hoax. Peasants could wear the clothing of the nobles. Socialism freezes the classes in place.
The Gilded Age was given a glorious present of material prosperity heretofore unknown in the whole history of humanity. We should learn from it.