Daniel Klein of George Mason University has conducted one of the broadest studies with the Google search engine. He found further evidence of individualization and demoralization showing that our society has become more individualistic and less morally aware. Liberals sometimes argue that our main problems come from the top: a self-dealing elite, the oligarchic bankers. But the evidence suggests that individualism and demoralization are pervasive up and down society, and may be even more pervasive at the bottom. Liberals also sometimes talk as if our problems are fundamentally economic, and can be addressed politically, through redistribution. But maybe the root of the problem is also cultural.
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