The most interesting sentence I read today (so far)
We observe that countries where belief in the "American dream" (i.e., effort pays) prevails also set harsher punishment for criminals.
In my warped view of the world, everyone believes in some form of meritocracy or another; the kind of meritocracy you believe in shapes most of the rest of your political views. Here is the paper. Here are non-gated versions.