Chronicles Magazine Economy

The Imperial and Momentary We

Americans are a practical people. They don’t want to hear your theory; they want to know what “works.” This aversion to systematic thinking, “American pragmatism,” has been celebrated as a virtue in a world cursed by ideology.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    The 400 Club

    Imagine a club where you have to earn $137 million per year to join, and which limits membership to 400 people. That, we’d all agree, is an exclusive club. Mitt Romney, for example, probably thinks he is rich, but he could not get in. He’d be...

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