Nisbet, Austerity, and Progressive Community

By Ted V. McAllister for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2012/07/nisbet-austerity-and-progressive-community/

Over at the Liberty and Law blog I am writing a series of essays in which I examine Robert Nisbet’s ideas in light of contemporary austerity.  In the first essay I reflect on how the over-reach of the administrative state is making some space for the rise of intermediary institutions to develop.  In the second essay I offer a sharp contrast between the Progressive construction of community, which depends on both individualism and collectivism, and a more conservative communitarianism that stresses self-reliance rather than individualism.  Parts three and four to follow.

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