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… is from page 81 of Ronald Inglehart’s 2000 paper “Culture and Democracy,” which is chapter 7 in Culture Matters, Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Huntington, eds. (2000): Economic development seems to bring a gradual shift from survival values to self-expression values, which helps explain why richer societies are more likely to be democracies. DBx: Makes sense. Yet it appears that when people even as astoundingly rich as are those of use in modern society fear for our immediate survival, survival values regain their dominance. This reality surely is a major reason why democratic norms are being swept aside by Covid hysteria.

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… is from page 81 of Ronald Inglehart’s 2000 paper “Culture and Democracy,” which is chapter 7 in Culture Matters, Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Huntington, eds. (2000):

Quotation of the Day…Economic development seems to bring a gradual shift from survival values to self-expression values, which helps explain why richer societies are more likely to be democracies.

DBx: Makes sense. Yet it appears that when people even as astoundingly rich as are those of use in modern society fear for our immediate survival, survival values regain their dominance. This reality surely is a major reason why democratic norms are being swept aside by Covid hysteria.

Don Boudreaux
He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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