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Moral materialism

Richer and nicer in the future?

David Brooks on why America's future is bright:

In sum, the U.S. is on the verge of a demographic, economic and social revival, built on its historic strengths. The U.S. has always been good at disruptive change. It's always excelled at decentralized community-building. It's always had that moral materialism that creates meaning-rich products. Surely a country with this much going for it is not going to wait around passively and let a rotten political culture drag it down.

 

Moral materialism is not a bad phrase for what Joe Henrich and his colleagues are discovering, namely that the more people depend on others for goods and services through markets, the nicer they are.