As I reflect on Caste and think about the foundations of our Republic, the latter was built on the former. Is America damned to always be defined by its original sin, or can it ever overcome its history of slavery and racism that persists to this day. And what would that look like? America? I think not. An egalitarian society is anathema to American values of individualism, bootstrap work ethic, and personal accomplishment. America is built on its history of class stratifications, racism, xenophobia, and many other things we would like to sweep under the rug, and I fear that trying to build a better America may result in it not being America. But is this such a bad thing?