Fun with NGrams
Here is the use of liberty from 1776 to the present:
On the other hand, here’s technology and innovation:
It’s only in the last 70 years or so that thinking about better ways of doing things has bloomed into a rosy weltanschauung of optimism. Of course, people have been thinking about better ways to govern for millennia. Still here’s a general thought about the personality of competitive government–what I wonder is how effectively we can map this techno-intellectual atmosphere onto thinking about institutions, rules sets and competition, without slipping into the completely technocratic on the one side or the so-called progressive on the other. It appears a very good old social technology–liberty–has been slipping in cultural importance. But one correlation on these graphs stands out. Why do technology and innovation and liberty all have a simultaneous bump around 1780?