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A French philosopher once said that the greatest tyranny of democracy was when the minority ruled the majority. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle gives the reader a great example of exactly this. A man who earns his living honestly and through hard work will always be trapped in poverty, but a man who earns his living through lies and cheating will be wealthy. The Jungle portrays a Lithuanian family stuck in a Capitalistic country. It …

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