Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ian Hunter on moral surplus

Will it be a disaster if Canadian courts legalize polygamy? Time will tell. Within minutes of any such court decision the airwaves will be crowded with voices proclaiming that the sky has not fallen. And they will be right. A society can live for a time on the accumulated moral surplus of prior generations; like financial bankruptcy, moral bankruptcy is a gradual process.

Ian Hunter, The Erosion of Marriage.