Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Strange Death of Moral Britain

"It is the rare sociology book that warrants the epitaphs “exciting” and “brilliant.” Such is Christie Davies’ The Strange Death of Moral Britain, a book that deserves to be read by readers on the political right and left. The book’s argument is that between 1950 and 1960 a new form of political reasoning replaced the old ideology or “logic” of “moral Britain,” which underlay legal and social sensibility. The new outlook the author identifies as “causalism,” and it has insidiously become the ethos of modern British society. The consequences of “causalism” as a political ideology are that the tradition of individualism, the legal principle that a just society rewards just behavior, and even national sovereignty, all concepts based upon the idea of moral hierarchy, have been radically undermined..."