When inequality…

When inequality is combined with the uncritical celebration of self-indulgence that had pervaded American culture for the past few decades, the result is to erode social trust and increase status anxiety, with detrimental effects on the quality of family and community life. To the extent that there is a values crisis in our families and communities, surely it has as much to do with the glamorization of conspicuous consumption and the disregard for issues of social justice as it does with any individual’s decision to seek a divorce or have extramarital sex.

from Stephanie Coontz’s The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap