Babbitt

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Bab·bitt

(bab'it),
Isaac, U.S. inventor, 1799-1862. See: Babbitt metal.
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Randall's assessment reveals much self-interested Babbitry, but the author also delves beneath self-interest and snobbery as he limns a story remarkable in its complexity and its legacy.
Contrary to the image of these organizations as havens for sweating Babbitry, Beito shows that fraternal organizations were especially popular with people near the bottom of the social scale, who were most in need of the cushion and connections a lodge could provide.
The concept of pre-emptive reform bas never, to my mind, been of any use in North America, where babbitry rules supreme in business circles and accommodation with dissident minorities has rarely been seen as worthwhile or necessary.