Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on November 24, 2021

in Country Problems, Current Affairs

… 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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