Manners and Morals in Democracy

Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Kenneth Minogue

Research Area: Politics; Social conditions

Keywords: Thought; Kenneth; Minogue

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


The "moral life" is the human propensity to want to do the right thing, and there are few Western moral variants that are not individualistic. In sustaining their commitments, individualists exhibit virtues that often resemble the classical and Christian virtues of earlier thinkers: prudence, chastity, temperance, punctuality, and self-control, all of which are often rejected in our modern world.