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The March of Moral Progress

“My suspicion is that most of us would be quite surprised by the things our grandchildren will condemn us for.” The Economist’s Democracy in America blog on moral progress.

“Harvard philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah takes to the pages of the Washington Post to ask what currently common practices future generations will find barbaric. Mr Appiah notes that we used to do things differently, and they way we use to do many of them is now considered beyond the pale. In the grand scale of history, it is a mere blink of an eye since the time Americans owned other human beings, maintained a vicious system of racial apartheid, forbade women from owning property or voting, saw homosexuality as a crime, and so on.”


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