Over and over in his essays, Mr. Haque downplays or outright ignores the wealth that capitalism has undeniably generated over many decades. If something has gone terribly wrong with our system, and it indeed has, it’s how the wealth that is generated is distributed. Positively addressing that inequality is essential to restoring some sense of unity to the USA. But even then, we have to deal with the reality that our planet is endangered by our creation and consumption of goods.

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