A Plan For Restoring Honor And Standards In Society
It's not just that people seem to rise to positions of power and importance despite their moral failings. In some examples, it seems like the moral failings are part of a person's brand, seen as a positive instead of a negative.
Did we lower our standards? Do we have any standards?
Cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken thinks we should; he lays out the case and the standards in his book The New Honor Code: A Simple Plan for Raising Our Standards and Restoring Our Good Names. The author visits to describe his vision and a pathway to realizing it.