By Jonathan Boswell

Offering a brand new political and ancient idea of the combined financial system, this ebook is a powerful argument for a not easy social excellent - democratic communitarianism. Individualistic notions of liberty, equality and prosperity are too valuable to fashionable lifestyles and so they must be balanced through values of `community' and co-operation. Arguing that any such transformation is feasible and sensible, the writer argues that long term alterations needs to be completed sooner than monetary good fortune can happen in a extra fraternal, participative, and democratic society.

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Neither Emile Durkheim nor the personalist Christian democrats nor the civic humanists opposed the nation state. Their ideas are far removed from simplistic 'anti-statism', anarchism, or an overarching cult of 'small is beautiful'. To begin with, a larger framework is indispensable for the diverse social groupings themselves. Without a large container entity like the nation state, how could these groupings pcrfonn their complementary work for fraternity in the distinctive, freestanding ways just suggested?

Here a synthesis may well be needed 34 Community and the economy within which, on certain definitions, liberty and equality find an honoured place, and material progress, too. But such a synthesis is to be constructed first and foremost in terms of personal and intergroup relationships. It is this emphasis which is to frame the context, this model which is to set the pace. Of course, the search for an associativeness-in-liberty model lacks some of the beguiling properties of its ideological rivals.

That ideal is common to Durkheimian solidarism, personalist Christian democracy and civic humanism, despite their differences of emphasis and detail. They are united in the three following beliefs: (1) that there are distinct and unique components (above all individual persons, but also person-enhancing groupings) whose diversity and freedom are crucial; (2) that these units are to be brought together in mutually fulfilling (not just convenient or necessary) relationships of community; and (3) that since such a balance is never perfectly attained, it always needs to be striven for.

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