Every generation of American intellectuals has its pessimists who lament the country’s worsening moral malaise, real or imagined. What sets apart today’s “declinists” from yesterday’s is not an allegiance to a new morality but their shared faith in the power of statutory law to cure all our social ills.

James A. Montanye is a retired consulting economist in Falls Church, Virginia.
Bureaucracy and GovernmentGovernment and PoliticsPhilosophy and ReligionSocialism, Communism, and Collectivism
Other Independent Review articles by James A. Montanye
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Winter 2015/16 Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others
Fall 2014 The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left
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