The discreet terror of the American bourgeoisie

Elites thought they could have it both ways: capital gains and moral certainty

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By Edward Luce

Almost 20 years ago, the columnist David Brooks caught the spirit of the age. His book Bobos in Paradise hailed the marriage between bohemian 1960s radicals and the money-chasing bourgeoisie of the 1980s. They had…

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