We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
George Will reviews Brink Lindsay's The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture. A quote:
Lindsey rightly says that “today’s typical red-state conservative is considerably bluer on race relations, the role of women and sexual morality than his predecessor of a generation ago.” And “the typical bluestate liberal is considerably redder than his predecessor when it comes to the importance of markets to economic growth, the virtues of the two-parent family and the morality of American geopolitical power.” In “the bell curve of ideological allegiance,” the large bulging center has settled, for now, on an “implicit libertarian synthesis, one which reaffirms the core disciplines that underlie and sustain the modern lifestyle while making much greater allowances for variations within that lifestyle.” If so, material abundance has been, on balance , good for us, and Lindsey’s measured cheerfulness is, like his scintillating book, reasonable.
In my little upscale Connecticut suburb I see everyday a little laboratory testing what happens if 70% of the households are by most standards high income. Some of it is very predictable like spoiled kids. But increasingly I see a kind of frustration that the wealth alone didn't bring satisfaction. So there is a frantic search for something to prove that this brought some kind of improved social standing (with the predictable damage to town budgets!).
A few years ago it was spending lots on the public schools, now since the kids go to private schools, it's open space and preserving the "rural atmosphere". There's very little Yankee pragmatism left, but I think it will burn itself out in a few years.