Watch and learn. As I exchanged emails with Wilonsky at the Observer who forwarded this to me, I'd like to think that the only thing different between then and now, is that the business interests are slowly but surely lining up behind these words rather than against them. Of course, only after exhausting every other avenue. Churchill was right about us Americans after all.
Who knows. Maybe I'm just a wide-eyed optimist despite the snark and irony often enthusing my writing.