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Apr 5, 2012
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Review: Of parasites, trust and morality

By Martin Langfield
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Without trust, society splits into warring tribes and parasites prosper. The financial crisis of 2008 is a powerful example of what can happen when individuals or small groups set their own gain above the common good. Meanwhile, the U.S. debt debate shows how political polarization can lead to potentially crippling paralysis.

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