The Cost of Community


Community isn’t easy:

In college I took political theory classes that routinely covered the subject of community. The classes even emphasized our era’s tragic shortage of intergenerational concern. It makes for great conversation in a classroom hundreds or thousands of miles from your elderly neighbors and relatives. You can talk about the defense of widows with ardor, your high heels crossed and your pencil poised over a notebook. But you don’t realize what community costs.


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Mark T. Mitchell is the co-founder of Front Porch Republic. He is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and the author of several books including Plutocratic Socialism, Power and Purity, The Limits of Liberalism, The Politics of Gratitude, and Localism in Mass Age: A Front Porch Republic Manifesto (co-editor).

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