I think I'm likely to repeat myself in explaining this chapter because Veblen repeats himself a lot. I think we could both benefit from the red pen of a tough editor, but that's not going to happen.
In the last post, I think we covered these ideas:
‘accentuate the proclivity to emulation and invidious comparison, and so strengthen the native facility for discerning and approving the relation of personal mastery and subservience.’
‘The spiritual attitude and the aptitudes imputed to the preternatural agent are still such as belong under the regime of status, but they now assume the patriarchal cast characteristic of the quasi-peaceable stage of culture.’