Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

Modernity and Its Causes

4/27/19
by Stephen Davies,
from CATO Institute,
March/April, 2019:

The world we live in is profoundly different from that of our ancestors, even our recent ones. There is a bigger difference in terms of everyday experience between someone born in the 20th century and somebody born in 1700, than between the person from 1700 and someone from the time of Jesus. The force that has so transformed the world and the nature of everyday life is, in the first level of explanation, economic growth.

A huge rise in real incomes is the main factor that has transformed everyday life.

Because of economic growth, there have been radical social changes.

Ordinary people today have far more effective choice and a vastly wider range of options than even their recent ancestors.

Much of the dark or unpleasant side of human life has been dramatically reduced.

The ultimate cause of all these changes is widespread, persistent, and cumulative innovation.

Understanding innovation, and how and why it is so much more widespread in the last two centuries, is crucial to understanding the world we live in and its likely future.

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