World Values Survey Cultural Map


I think you could easily substitute “High Trust Society” for “Self Expression Values.” These countries accomplished something very special. That’s why they taught modern civilization to the rest of the world and not vice versa.

Interesting that in Protestant Europe the extended family was weak to the point that society became your family. The pre-schism church’s ban on cousin marriage may have helped. These are the societies which have among the highest wealth redistribution. They are now struggling with immigration. Money transfers to your family is one thing, to foreigners is another.

I’m beginning to see leftists not as stupid (not entirely, anyway), but as having a more primitive morality. Within the family, opportunities are considered and guarded as property. It is not trivial to adopt the capitalist ethic, where we allow competition for opportunities, while respecting physical property.

3 thoughts on “World Values Survey Cultural Map

  1. Andrii

    Could you explain in simple language this thesis of relation between extended family and society as a family in Protestant Europe?

    1. Roman

      The thesis goes like this:

      In Catholic and Orthodox Europe, people are loyal to their families. The family is the economic unit. People are expected to favor relatives.

      In Protestant Europe, perhaps through outbreeding, or perhaps for some other reason, the extended family is weak. There is mainly just the nuclear family. The extended family is not the economic unit. Another way to look at it is that everybody of your nationality is your extended family.

      In Catholic and Orthodox Europe, you get corruption and cronyism. In Protestent Europe, you get conflict as they naively try to extend their once-successful paradigm to ungrateful and opportunistic immigrants.


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