What is David Brooks talking about? After using the church, of all things, to demean the American Dream, he ends his article with this quote
The United States once had a Gospel of Wealth: a code of restraint shaped by everybody from Jonathan Edwards to Benjamin Franklin to Andrew Carnegie. The code was designed to help the nation cope with its own affluence. It eroded, and over the next few years, it will be redefined.
For the life of me I can’t understand how he justifies this. Edwards and Franklin both preached frugality. There was nothing frugal or humble about Carnegie. He tried to redeem himself by giving money away. Did it work? For the sycophant like Brooks, it appears so.