|Re: "The Spirit of Community"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Collaborative Housing Society (cohosocweb.apc.org)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 09:04:23 -0600|
JPCOACH, I'm someone who beleives that almost everything is worth reading, and this book certainly has some good ideas in it. I'll leave the capsule summary to someone else, since mine would be tainted by my reaction to the book. Perhaps it's my Canadian point of view, but I found it to be a bit heavy-handed in the moralizing department - he spends a lot of time trying to reassure people that this isn't a Puritan, protestant backlash, but it sure looks like one to me. I guess it's that I think that we lost responsibility to others along the way for many reasons, and just trying to impose it from above doesn't really seem to be much of a fix. The Communitiarian agenda seems to prefer to overlook the elements of Western/North American way of life that led to the collapse of community - in other (overly simplified) words, they want the cars, nice suburban homes, consumer paradise and all that, but want "nice" people too. Just *my* point of view from a cold place that somehow seems "warmer" Russell Mawby Toronto cohosoc [at] web.apc.org
- "The Spirit of Community" JPCOACH, November 9 1995
- Re: "The Spirit of Community" Monty Berman, November 10 1995
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