What's needed is the revival of the idea that individual liberty requires individual responsibility and accountability. We need to re-remember that that framework can produce outcomes that promote social accountability, general welfare, and general security. One of the primary motivational influences for progress is pain. Currently when we see pain occurring we have the mindset that it must be eliminated at all costs. This occurs even if our response alleviates pain produced by pain producing behaviors. The obesity epidemic is a prime example. Obesity is caused by behavior. We treat the behavior's symptoms to minimize the effect. This produces more obesity; more pain to treat. We have to reconnect with the idea that it's the behavior that causes the pain. The other motivational factor is pleasure. There has to be a carrot and a stick to incentivise good behavior. It has to feel better to be healthy than to eat 3500 calories per day. That's no easy challenge for a central authority to produce. It has to be a mindset, not a rule. We have to get back to a society where changing personal behavior changes personal outcome. We're disconnected from that now. Now to the victim everything is given, and nothing is ever expected in return. We offload the responsibility for pain on to others. We indulge in short term pleasures that produce long term pain. Until this changes we will continue to suffer these same problems.