In this essay Christopher Lasch characterizes two cultures in society, one a culture of possibility and abundance and the other the culture of limits and constraint. He exemplifies this conflict of cultures by discussing views on abortion and family policy by the two groups. The conflict of cultures is more a class confict than a political party conflict. The author's intent as he voices it is "to explain the two cultures to each other rather than make a case for one over the other."
This essay was presented as part of the Orestes Brownson Lecture Series at Sacred Heart University on October 9, 1990.
"Optimism or Hope? The Ethic of Abundance and the Ethic of Limits,"
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