I am continuing with David Halpern's The Hidden Wealth of Nations today.
Some globalization writers worry that countries are becoming all the same. Some writers on immigration worry that diversity will tear countries apart.
The opposite is happening, says Halpern. Using World Values Survey data, he says that, outside of a small globalized sector in many countries, nations are actually becoming more different from one another. And they are doing so by coming together around their common values - allaying the fears of those alarmed by immigration.
The hidden wealth of nations is the trust and connections that our social relations and shared standards of regard build up.