By Patrick J. Deneen for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

This article describes the effort of local villages in Germany to provide their own heat through local renewable resources. And, wonderfully, it stresses that the effort combines the twin achievements of saving money and retaining local cohesion. These two aims – contra most contemporary economists who can only endorse a “Wal-Mart” model – are not in contradiction.

Confirmation that the cities can learn from the hayseeds, and that America can learn from “Old Europe.” Efforts such as these – so often going on beneath the radar of many contemporary American observers of Europe – confirm my observations of several years ago that there is a great deal of healthy communal life still vibrant outside the more visited city-centers of Europe.

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