Here’s this week’s column concerning why modern people tend to want to avoid the burden of upholding culture.
This bit was inspired by all the reading of Roger Scruton that I’ve been doing recently. Multiculturalism in particular is a sort of low-effort cop-out for Western elites. By saying that other cultures have as much or more value than their own, they can slink away from their obligations to uphold it.
This is also an area in which libertarians in particular tend to go wrong. The only way that you could ever conceivably maintain a low-tax, high-capitalism country is with low taxes, high property rights, and high cultural obligations. When the leading segments stop ‘paying in’ to the same culture that made the civilization possible, everything begins to unravel, and the conditions that made the civilization possible in the first place evaporates.