By Zygmunt Bauman
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'Community' is a kind of phrases that feels solid: it really is strong 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels sturdy end result of the meanings which the be aware conveys, them all promising pleasures, and regularly the type of pleasures which we wish to event yet appear to miss.
'Community' conveys a twin of a hot and cozy position, like a hearth at which we hot our arms on a frosty day. available in the market, on the street, every type of risks lie in ambush; in right here, locally, we will be able to sit back and consider secure. 'Community' stands for the type of global which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, on hand to us. at the present time 'community' is one other identify for paradise misplaced - yet for a paradise which we nonetheless wish to discover, as we feverishly look for the roads which can lead us there.
But there's a rate to be paid for the privilege of being in a neighborhood. neighborhood grants safeguard yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the best to be ourselves. safety and freedom are both important and coveted values which may be balanced to a point, yet not often totally reconciled. the stress among safeguard and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not going ever to be resolved. we can't break out the hassle yet we will be able to take inventory of the possibilities and the risks, and a minimum of try and steer clear of repeating previous errors.
In this crucial new e-book, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and risks and, in his certain and magnificent style, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has turn into critical to present debates in regards to the nature and way forward for our societies.
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The second tendency ran parallel to the first, starting early in the 'model villages' of a few philanthropists who associated industrial success with a 'feeling good' factor among the labourers. Instead of relying solely on the grinding coercive powers of the machine, they put a wager on the moral standards of labourers, their religious piety, the ampleness of their family lives and their trust in the boss-patron. Model villages built around factories were equipped with decent dwellings, but also with chapels, primary schools, hospitals and basic social amenities - all predesigned by the factory owners along with the rest of the production complex.
So the choice between the two major parties has come down to a choice between cynical lies and terrified silence. Something happened which never occurred as a possibility to Menenius Agrippa when he harangued the plebeians to stay in Rome and abandon their plans to secede and leave the patricians on their own. Menenius Agrippa would be astonished to learn that in the end it was not the plebeians but the contemporary equivalents of the patricians of ancient Rome who (by design or by default, but never looking back since) decided to 'secede', to opt out from their commitments and wash their hands of their responsibilities.