As someone ten years your junior, I have seen the same erosion in civility. I rode public transportation to and from school, and rode many a day on the trolley standing while a pregnant lady rode in the seat I gave up for her. Neighbors watched and reported you misdeeds to your parents who meted out justice quickly and commensurate to the infraction. My father left the keys in the ignition of his car. We never locked a door. I believe that the bravery of men in my parents generation was a deterrent all in and of itself. I think we lost a lot, in quest of possessions. We were poor by today's standards, but wealthy in the things no amount of money can buy. Great article Professor Williams, as usual.