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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How "International" is Community?

Peter Matthews, the Guitar Priest, has a balanced piece on government at his blog. Here is what he has to say:

"I am a strong advocate of a smaller and more limited Federal government. This is not because I am a libertarian who believes in self-ownership and personal autonomy. I am a communitarian rooted in the tradition of Catholic social teaching. However, community is a meaningful concept only when it is envisioned and implemented on a human scale. The fashion of speaking of large interest groups as communities -- e.g., the international arts community -- is, to my mind, an utterly meaningless and somewhat Orwellian way to use the word community.

I believe deeply in both community and order. The vision I embrace is of a multiplicity of communities each with their own telos and sphere. Government is good -- contra libertarians. But government should be limited -- contra statist progressives."

Read it all here.

2 comments:

The Scylding said...

And achieving that balance is really difficult...

Alice C. Linsley said...

True. It is easier to imagine than to achieve.