It isn't just "stuff" that matters more now, it is the individual is no longer important. The "common good" is what is most important, whatever "common good" really means.
Friends of mine from China said that the individual has little value there too. I keep saying that the Obama administration seems more and more like Maoist China with its persecution of those that disagree (gets labeled racist or stupid), class warfare, led by cult figure, etc. Of what consequence are 4 American lives in Benghazi from the Maoist perspective?