Not easily identified, common decency is however a key notion for a social critique disconnected as well from Marxism as from communautarianism. The English writer George Orwell conceived it as an intuitive sense of morality that exists among the common people. The American sociologist Christopher Lasch reused this idea to denounce the corruption of the contemporary elites. Common decency implies a material and spiritual independence of the individual, who owns an acute sense of limitation, accepting life as it comes, without unrealistic aspirations. Tool for challenging leadership, common decency is a claim for improving democracy.
(travail réalisé dans le cadre du cours "Leadership and morality" de M. Yossi Shain)