“What made the Amer­i­can Dream dis­tinc­tive was nei­ther the hope of win­ning the lot­tery nor of be­ing buoyed by na­tional mar­ket forces or public pol­icy. It was the hope of achiev­ing things, with all that that en­tails: draw­ing on one’s per­sonal knowl­edge, tru

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Amer­i­cans came to view work­ing in busi­nesses, from ru­ral ar­eas to cities, as a path to the Good Life. And that life’s re­wards were not just money. To sup­pose that money was their fo­cus – even in their dreams – is to miss what was dis­tinc­tive in Amer­i­can life.

From the early nine­teenth cen­tury to the mid­dle of the twen­ti­eth, Amer­i­cans were prov­ing the wis­dom of philoso­phers from Mon­taigne and Voltaire to Hegel and –a hit in Amer­ica – Ni­et­zsche: that the good life is about act­ing on the world and mak­ing “your gar­den grow,” not pad­ding your bank ac­count.

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