I’m reading The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley, subtitled ‘How Prosperity Evolves’. On page 109 I came across a few lines that describe what I also find to be an interesting paradox:
Politically, as Brink Lindsay has diagnosed, the coincidence of wealth with toleration has led to the bizarre paradox of a conservative movement that embraces economic change but hates its social consequences and a liberal movement that loves the social consequences but hates the economic source from which they came. ‘One side denounce capitalism but gobbled up its fruits; the other side cursed the fruits while defending the system that bore them.’
The reference is to Brink Lindsay’s 2007 book The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture.
Ridley is in essence trying to convince both sides to see the bright side.