From Bruce Charlton, quoting Kalb:
Recent moral progress is an illusion.
What has happened, in effect, is that fairness and decency have been turned into nationalized industries.
Instead of people having to treat each other decently, each does what he wishes and society at large is expected to provide the decency.
From the standpoint of the managerial state, which even mainstream conservatives have come to adopt, the consequence is that fairness and decency have finally come into their own.
The actual consequences have been those common to all nationalized industries: inputs have shot up, while outputs have dropped in quantity and still more in quality.
Petty tyrants get cushy jobs as economic planners or diversity consultants while the people suffer from crime and abusive conduct. Things no one cares about like celebrations of diversity are overproduced while things desperately needed like integrity and trust are impossible to find.
Why should nationalization work better in the case of something as hard to force and easy to fake as fairness and decency than it does in the production of shoes?