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Please, stop caring and sharing

By Edward Skidelsky   April 2010

As a primary school child in the late 1970s, I remember singing a song with the chorus “caring and sharing, caring and sharing.” Even at the time, this ditty struck me as irritating. Unfortunately, the melody has etched itself into my brain, along with “Kumbaya” and other classics of state sector spirituality.

When and how did the word “caring” become so ubiquitous? Amateurs like me are now able to answer such questions with tolerable precision thanks to the Time Magazine Corpus. This free internet research tool spans every issue of Time magazine from 1923 to 2006—a total of 100m words.…

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