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."

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