American prosperity has re-sparked the debate around the cultural consequences of capitalism and the ties between political and economic freedoms.
Amansionette is rising in a muddy field. It could be anywhere. It has more bedrooms than a small hotel and bathrooms big enough to make an emperor smile. It has rooms that hadn’t even been invented a few decades ago (the media room, the great room), and one or two others that were seen only in the homes of the truly wealthy. It has a red brick façade that can’t decide whether it is supposed to be a Georgian manor or a French chateau, and there are three dozen just like it within a few blocks.
That house stands at the crossroads of two increasingly debated public questions that...