This past Monday, David Brooks had a wonderful op=ed piece in teh New York Times. Summarizing, this is what he said,
His central theme is best summed up by a quote from John Adams at the beggining of his piece,
Human nature, in no form of it, could ever bear prosperity
He correctly talks about how the people who should have helped to change the moral economic fabric of the country (evangelicals) were too busy " fighting a culture war about prayer in schools, “Piss Christ” and the theory of evolution. They were arguing about sex and the separation of church and state, oblivious to the large erosion of economic values happening under their feet."
He says that there is a theory that the first stage in great nations is
one of energy and toughness. That leads to wealth an dprosperity which leads to affluence and luxery which finally ends up in decadence, corruption and decline.
The last comment of the article argues for the solution, but Americans really do this?
A crusade for economic self-restraint would have to rearrange the current alliances and embrace policies like energy taxes and spending cuts that are now deemed politically impossible. But this sort of moral revival is what the country actually needs.
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