This contrarian book marks the passing of personal virtue and its replacement by political slogans

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Britain, Europe and the United States are decadent states in a special sense of that word. They have traded in an old morality that served them well throughout their civilisation for a new, experimental quasi-morality. The old morality had well known virtues: courage, love, fairness, honesty and prudence. The new ‘virtues’ are equality, anti-discrimination, environmental concern, self-affirmation, a ‘caring’ attitude, and a critical mindset.

In this collection twelve commentators survey the decline of the old morality and examine the rise of the new.

Introduction and summary by Digby Anderson
Prudence: the orchestration of the virtues by Kenneth Minogue
Courage: a classical virtue by David WomersleyLove: a christian virtue by Di