To argue for capitalism isn’t to excuse its costs, but to show what it affords. “Advances in social justice were enabled by rising prosperity,” maintains Crook, “and rising prosperity was the product of capitalist development.”
According to a study from the Pew Research Center, the answer to this question appears to be yes. “In general, people in richer nations are less likely than those in poorer nations to say religion plays a very important role in their lives,” the authors report.
It is easy to criticize luxurious lifestyles. Who really needs a private jet? Does a $2,000 bottle of wine really taste any better than a decent $15 bottle? The website Bornrich.com features a list of the “most expensive things” that most people will find both amusing and disturbing.
When it comes to luxury, we are all guilty in some way or another—it is [...]