This ideology didn't just happen. It was four decades in the making. Sachs and Stanley refined it; private equity and financial engineers distilled it; Merril, Stearns and Joe the Plumber got drunk on it.
Even though opera is an anachronism, a centuries-old art form replete with some of the creakiest plots imaginable, the 2008 opera -- at least the Met Opera-- is where the action is.