A disgrace
Note to the Law & Governments: Labour & Riches by John Ruskin

The ordinary brute, who flourishes in the very centre of ornate life, tells us of unknown depths on the verge of which we totter, being bound to thank our stars every day we live that there is not a general outbreak and a revolt from the yoke of civilization.Times leader, Dec. 25th, 1862.

Admitting that our stars are to be thanked for our safety, whom are we to thank for the danger?