By Jonathan Boswell
Proposing a brand new political and historic thought of the combined financial system, this ebook is a powerful argument for a difficult social perfect - democratic communitarianism. Individualistic notions of liberty, equality and prosperity are too critical to trendy existence they usually have to be balanced by means of values of `community' and co-operation. Arguing that one of these transformation is feasible and useful, the writer argues that long term alterations needs to be completed ahead of financial good fortune can happen in a extra fraternal, participative, and democratic society.
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A key implication is that people's different talents should be greeted as a source of fruitful complementarity, indeed that we should celebrate each other's uniqueness. 2 The word 'fraternity' may be criticized as referring only to men, even as 'sexist'. Of course, the term itself is not sacrosanct, as distinct from the idea it expresses, and its best defence is severely practical. It so happens that 'fraternity' is well established and culturally widespread. The available alternatives tend to be cumbrous, culture bound or historically tainted.
The intermediate organizations had obligations to respect their members' personal rights, to share power internally, to avoid exploiting other groups. Their social conduct would always need improving. Their structures sometimes required revision. In some respects, too, the 26 Community and the economy balance of power between them would need changing; in particular, downwards to smaller political communities, and away from capital and towards labour (also towards transnational entities - the early Christian democrats were already interested in European integration).
29 It has been suggested that this viewpoint is a recovery or 'reappropriation' of a long-lived tradition of thinking in the United States. Market liberalism and separatist individualism are held to have dominated over this tradition but never completely effaced it. John Winthrop's active godly commonwealth in seventeenth-century Massachusetts; George Washington's eloquent personification of public virtue as 'the modem Cincinnatus, forming the new nation, ruling without excess, and returning to ordinary life'; the Founders' belief that 'without civic virtue ...
Community and the Economy: The Theory of Public Co-operation by Jonathan Boswell