To fight social chaos, build good neighbors

    There's a hidden side to today's poverty debate that traditional politicians on the left and right too often overlook or undervalue: the decline in neighborliness.

    Perhaps the word strikes your ear as too quaint, simplistic or old-fashioned for an era as sophisticated and raucous as this one.

    Thoughtful debates tend to prefer more high-toned terms such as "social capital," "community cohesion" or "civil virtue."

Full text and e-editions are available to premium subscribers only. To subscribe to the digital edition, please visit subscription page. If you are already a subscriber, please login to the site. You can also request a free sample by using our request form.