Campus Values Battle Moves to the Dorm Room

As we’ve explained in previous issues, college campuses represent a leading-edge microcosm of our culture. Therefore, we should not be surprised to find the “culture wars” magnified within those ivy-covered walls. The Trends Editors long ago identified this decade as a critical inflection point for American society, when decades of movement toward moral relativism would peak and begin to recede, and moral absolutists would come to represent the dominant social perspective. A flashpoint in this war illustrates what we’re talking about: Today, there is a battle afoot between self-styled “boinkers” and equally committed “abstainers.” What are the implications for business, society, and politics? We’ll uncover the truth.

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