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02 August 2011

Communitarians v. Individualists

The problem with the communitarian argument, that we are social creatures and therefore should be governed by social forms of government, is that we don't all socialize in the same way. I like country music as well as The Proclaimers, Jesse Cook, 80's hair bands and Mozart. Other people like rap and heavy metal which hold no appeal to me. So I don't affiliate with those people in those venues typically. However, a rap lover and I may both have a strong affinity for gun-rights and so we would associate under those circumstances. Communitarians say that they love this variety and yet they frown on individuals making their own decisions in their lives. They do that by desiring to impose a one-size-fits-all solution to community problems. Because, you know, communitarians are smarter than you.

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