"Our current cultural politics are organized by the obsolete culture war, which has put secular liberals on one side and religious conservatives on the other," argued columnist David Brooks. But he contends that the more pressing cultural battle should be restoring economic morality. The goals should be to make the U.S. again a producer economy, not a consumer economy, and to return to financial self-restraint, large and small. "A crusade for economic self-restraint would have to rearrange the current alliances and embrace policies like energy taxes and spending cuts that are now deemed politically impossible," Brooks wrote. "But this sort of moral revival is what the country actually needs."
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