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  CPN - Tools
Communitarianism emerged in the 1980s as a response to the limits of liberal theory and practice.
Communitarians argue that the one-sided emphasis on rights in liberalism is related to its conception of the individual as a "disembodied self," uprooted from cultural meanings, community attachments, and the life stories that constitute the full identities of real human beings.
Communitarians are critical of community institutions that are authoritarian and restrictive, and that cannot bear scrutiny within a larger framework of human rights and equal opportunities.
www.cpn.org /tools/dictionary/communitarian.html   (1265 words)

 communitarianism and education @ the informal education homepage
The various writers that are grouped together as communitarianism may well have expressed some disquiet about being so labelled - and some of the conclusions drawn by others concerning their position, but it is possible to discern a distinctive anti-individualism in much of their work.
Communitarians dispute the place of a free unregulated market as the key social institution, and the idea that free market exchanges are a particular right and even natural pattern of human relationships.
He looks beyond the political communitarianism of Etzioni and others, to the concerns of Taylor, Sandel and other social theorists, He suggests that the core ideas in the communitarian agenda can be reduced to ten basic themes - all of which have policy implications for schools.
www.infed.org /biblio/communitarianism.htm   (1730 words)

 Zionism and New Age Communitarianism
Communitarianism according to The Plan destroys those traditional principles of "love your neighbor" and instead generate hatred and contempt toward members of the group, combined with the absolute lack of recourse against the group will.
Communitarianism is the implementation of UN Agenda 21, but that in turn is a function of the Satanic New Age Plan as outlined by Theosophist Helen Blavatsky, and most notably, Alice Bailey.
Communitarianism is the New Age dialectic synthesis of the Brave New World which they envision.
www.congregator.net /articles/zionism-in-na.htm   (2119 words)

Communitarians, therefore argue that natural human beings are not really atomic individuals at all, but rather members of croups and/or communities.
Association and relationship with others, communitarians argue, is natural, a part of the good life, a virtue, and can be conceived of as an "end in itself." Moreover, they believe that it is possible to prescribe a single concept of the good life, that all the individuals in a given community ought to pursue.
Interestingly, libertarians and small-scale communitarians, therefore, share a deep suspicion of increased power of the central state and view the proliferation of large-scale bureaucratic institutions as a potential threat to the existence of these smaller, more intimate communities that truly define human fulfillment and individuality.
inside.msj.edu /academics/faculty/whiter/virtuecommun.htm   (2130 words)

 Communitarianism and New Labour
What's crucial, for communitarians, is that these features of our lives are not chosen by us, or detachable from us (as liberal methodology might suggest): that they are always already 'there' in the individual's deliberations over her own priorities.
Communitarians may object that such a scenario is morally unedifying, but also troubling in an anthropological sense.
Indeed, the very force of the communitarian critique of contemporary living - that the forces of liberal modernity have swept aside traditional bonds and senses of solidarity - is, one might say, indicative of the futility of any project based on retrieving those bonds in a 21st century context.
www.whb.co.uk /socialissues/vol2gc.htm   (4838 words)

A communitarian perspective recognizes that communities and polities, too, have obligations--including the duty to be responsive to their members and to foster participation and deliberation in social and political life.
Democratic communitarianism is based on the value of the sacredness of the individual, which is common to most of the great religions and philosophies of the world.
Democratic communitarianism believes in what Boswell has called "complementary association." By this he means a commitment to "varied social groupings: the family, the local community, the cultural or religious group, the economic enterprise, the trade union or profession, the nation-state." Through this principle it is clear that community does not mean small-scale, all-inclusive, total groups.
debate.uvm.edu /handbookfile/pubpriv/046.html   (586 words)

 Bush‘s "Communitarianism"
Like fellow communitarians, he advances the thesis that the major woe facing particularly western culture is a surfeit of personal freedom with a lack of concomitant responsibility.
Communitarians are neither Nazis nor fascists, but there are times when their defenses of “the common good” are chillingly totalitarian.
Not all communitarians agree on the details and mechanics of their philosophy, and critics say that communitarians are united only by their shared belief that modern culture, particularly American society, is awash in “too much freedom” and secularism.
www.americanatheist.org /supplement/communitarianism.html   (3495 words)

 The New Media Journal | Utopian Delusions: Communitarianism by Lance Fairchok
Mississippi is not communitarian; the state is inhabited with a selfish unenlightened people still mired in ignorance and, of course, misogyny.
Communitarianism is a social and political philosophy for a new American society, a “correction” of our current “flawed” constitutional democracy.
The communitarian community is the essential component to success in our “experiment with democracy.” Its citizens participate, they establish unity and work for the shared goals of the community.
www.newmediajournal.us /staff/l_fairchok/11212007.htm   (2326 words)

 In Dispraise of Communitarianism
Communitarians are a diverse group of philosophers and social and political activists who believe that the purpose of society is to uphold and sustain community life.
Communitarians oppose the strict application of abstract and universal rules to persons who vary widely in their personal and social characteristics and circumstances in favor of personal justice and a legal framework that consists of particular laws and outcome-based justice being applied to specific persons or groups.
Communitarians argue that man basically is not a rights-bearing, property-seeking, individual, but rather is a social being who can only thrive in stable associations and communities.
www.quebecoislibre.org /younkins11.htm   (3919 words)

 What On Earth Is Communitarianism?
Communitarianism is creeping on to the political agenda.
The problem is that ‘communitarianism’ is in danger of becoming all things to all people: a general warm feeling that communities are a good thing, and that somehow they provide an antidote to the excessive individualism of the 1980s.
Communitarians would stress the idea that people are not ‘citizens of nowhere’, that they are not, in the myriad of organisations, social groups, villages and towns simply individuals banding together, but are instead, fundamentally only able to develop their defining human characteristics in society.
www.alan-whitehead.org.uk /articles/articles_early/article018.htm   (1071 words)

 Communitarianism Summary and Analysis
Communitarians share a belief that liberalism is excessively individualistic or atomistic, ignoring people's dependence on...
Communitarianism is a social philosophy that core assumption is the required shared ("social";) formulations of the good.
Communitarianism, as a group of related but distinct philosophies, began in the late 20th century, opposing individualism while advocating phenomena such as civil society.
www.bookrags.com /Communitarianism   (287 words)

 Just what is "Communitarianism"? [Free Republic]
Communitarianism is usually presented in a vague terms, but it is probably best understood as a mild form of collectivism or "democratic socialism".
Communitarianism has had some influence in the realm of practical politics, as witness the fact that Hillary Clinton is reputed to admire many communitarian thinkers.
Communitarians say that "it takes a village to raise a child", and take it as a given that everything that happens in the village should only be with the management and approval of the government.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3a7ac11971d3.htm   (1517 words)

 Communitarianism US Law In The Balance
The communitarian philosophy is already established as the basis for the laws, the regional plans, and the expanded enforcement actions necessary to full integration.
The communitarian language is peppered with quite lovely phrases that define a perfect utopian world where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and everybody shares.
Communitarian law is a large part of the "continuous development of norms." This is the designated supreme law in the European Union.
www.rense.com /general76/lawis.htm   (1793 words)

 Communitarianism and the Social Construction of Morality
These explicitly contrast communitarian values with the ethics of liberal rationalism and autonomy which, it is claimed, have degenerated into the malaises Taylor describes.
At the present time, communitarian thinkers (of divers colours) are trying to define an agenda which may set the terms of reference for the next few decades.
The radical implications of communitarianism lie in this hermeneutic awareness, not merely in a shift from a telos of autonomy to a telos of responsibility.
tigger.uic.edu /~lnucci/MoralEd/articles/haste.html   (3938 words)

 Communitarianism and Liberalism
Communitarians argue that we should prefer a politics of the common good to liberalismís neutrality with respect to any conceptions of the good.
Communitarians argue that we are encumbered by them on the grounds that the alternative supposition, that we are unencumbered by our roles, leaves us with a self which is (1) "empty", (2) violates our self-perceptions, and (3) ignores our embeddedness in communal practices.
Communitarians may respond that the roles and associated values cannot be rejected by us, but they can be reinterpreted.
web.missouri.edu /~johnsonrn/comm.html   (1763 words)

 ACL : Religions
During the 1700s, this seventeenth-century worldview and the communitarian societies it spawned both came under attack from Enlightenment understandings of the nature of man, which gave rise to a prioritization of the rights of individuals over the interests of the community.
Another objection we have is that communitarianism requires a watering down of all strongly held religious values that conflict with Marxist athestic principles.
The theory of Communitarianism has it's own Law, it's own guru, its own theoretical basis, and another set of laws based in the Talmud, which is being taught to American lawyers and judges at the Judaic Law Institute in Washington D.C..
nord.twu.net /acl/religion.html   (5130 words)

 The importance of communitarianism
Communitarianism is a reversal of liberalism in that it takes the common good of the community as its essential starting point as opposed to the freedom of the individual.
In this manner, communitarians agree with Aristotle that humans are social beings.
Thus the starting point of any communitarian prescriptive alternative to liberalism would be a society which cultivates and strengthens communal bonds as opposed to the paranoid liberal tendancy to constantly arm the individual with rights that exist only in opposition to his/her community.
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 In Medias Res: Communitarianism: A Summary
Practically all core liberal ideas are associated with the growth of personal and social liberation from the modern history of Europe: the rise of entrepreneurial capitalism, dogma-debunking science, and the rambunctious public sphere, and the skepticism of royal, church, and ultimately government authority which followed.
Communitarianism, by contrast, can be applied to any of a great number of philosophical presumptions that do not aim to justify individual liberation from tradition, authority, religion, society, necessity, and so forth, but rather to positively assert the embeddedness of the self in a community.
Maybe it's not fair to talk about communitarians imposing things, but it *is* fair to ask why they're so insistent that government support and endorse their particular community, even when it's not clear that such an endorsement provides any boost for their particular community's goals.
inmedias.blogspot.com /2007/02/communitarianism-summary.html   (3478 words)

 Communitarianism  A Three Level
Communitarian thinking actually reminds me a lot of the "alien theory." Communitarians base all their ideas in rituals, ancient languages, and beliefs only their adepts understand.
A communitarian ruling balances the rights of individuals and privately owned property and businesses (formerly protected by national or constitutional law) against the rights of the "community." Every nation included in the United Nations has been modifying their local political, economic, and legal system to adopt communitarian principles since 1992.
Communitarian architects have long insisted that selfish claims to individual and national sovereignty must be balanced against the rights of the "community." They overstress an urgent need for a more powerful global community government.
www.gnosticliberationfront.com /communitarianism__a_three_level_con_job.htm   (6546 words)

 Communitarianism - SourceWatch
"'Communitarianism,' or 'civil society' thinking (the two have similar meanings) has many interpretations, but at its center is a notion that years of celebrating individual freedom have weakened the bonds of community and that the rights of the individual must be balanced against the interests of society as a whole.
Robert Putnam, Communitarianism, National Public Radio, February 5, 2001: "The term 'Third Way' was used to describe President Clinton's form of liberalism.
Now 'Communitarianism' is being used in the same way to describe President Bush's form of conservatism.
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Communitarianism   (822 words)

 James' Essays: Communitarianism
As communitarianism is essentially just a challenge to liberalism, then it is far clearer to examine the objection after seeing to what exactly it is objecting.
This is one way in which communitarians avoid the accusation that their theory in practice could be an excuse for oppression and totalitarianism.
The main objection to this framework would be that this would arbitrarily declare some communities and cultures unjust, this argument stemming from the communitarian side, and that the obligations enforced by being an active member of a community may not be in the direct interests of the individual.
www.interconnected.org /matt/archive/james/Communitarianism.html   (1449 words)

 What is Communitarianism? | Outlaw News
Communitarian “thinkers” were essential to introducing the solution as an accredited social science “project.” Communitarians also perform valuable backdoor assaults on American standards for individual liberty defined by the U.S. Bill of Rights and U.S. State Constitutions.
Communitarian scholars exploit bogus explanations for Americas’ moral decline and loss of communal bonds, and use their elitist think-tank influence to piggyback their theoretical solutions into all new and established national programs.
Communitarianism Explained: “The Communitarian Network is a coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment.
www.outlawjournalism.com /blog/?p=692   (1996 words)

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