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Quite agree. I think that all these values are based on more profond values. Civic values consist of team spirit, open and critical relation towards any social power or new idea. The negation of civic values is despotism, autocracy, centralism and, on other side of the problem, reluctance to accept group norms, selfish behaviour and non-participation and lack of social and group responsibility. Not understanding the crucial role of civic values toward social and economic development has been the main European error, leading to decadence and loss of cohesion. Maybe the most developed countries are those that benefit from central geographic position and a history that enhanced civic values. This inter-cultural and macro-cultural approach must be on debate, benefitting from Max Weber, Sidney and Verba, Putnam, Hofstede, Inglehart, Acemoglu and Robison, as others. I think that we need a big debate about civic values and how different countries relate to them. Countries near Mediterranean have a more centralist and despotic culture, due to its history, and northern countries are, nowadays, on a route of arrogance and sense of superiority that endanger civic values.