The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, in talking about the life of our cities, talked about how we were “defining deviancy downward.” Today we have defined downward almost every aspect of society and of the social order.
Our discourse is less civil, our moral underpinning are now transactional, and where once we relied on or at least trusted thinkers, leaders and even important institutions, today we’ve eschewed all of it in favor of a kind of siloed, self reinforcing smugness, in which we alone are the center of our own moral and intellectual universe. This cannot end well.
Eden Collinsworth takes a look at where we've been headed in Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business
My conversation with Eden Collinsworth: