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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Jonah Goldberg: The Idea of Social Cohesion: The Idea of National Community
The idea of a National Community is a sound one depending, on what's meant by that. In a Liberal Democracy like America, we essentially have the freedom to live our own lives. Unless we are incarcerated, then we are essentially subjects of the State. You don't want to be that, so never break the law if you can avoid it. But for the rest of us, we have the freedom to live our own lives. As much as some Neoconservatives and Progressives, may hate this. As long as we are not hurting anyone with what we are doing. Another words we have the freedom to be individuals, one of the things that the Hippie Movement was about. Which is Individualism but even though we are Individuals and not subjects of the State. Unless again we are currently incarcerated, we tend to share certain values. That make us a National Community, another words a Nation. Most Americans believe in Individual Freedom, we believe in Civil Rights. Treating people as we would want to be treated, fairness, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights etc.
This is what I hope President Obama means when he's talking about National Community. If we weren't a National Community, we would just be fifty Individual States. Sorta like Europe and perhaps not even that, with no need of an American Currency. Or and American Military, Law Enforcement etc. Because we would all be citizens of Maryland, Florida, Illinois, Texas etc. Or perhaps these States wouldn't be Nations either. If when President Obama is talking about National Community, he's talking about more of a Collectivist or Communitarian. Country, where no one has more or less them someone else. Because all of our resources would go into on National Pot. That of course the State would collect, that we would essentially become a Socialist State. Then no I don't believe in that, because we are not all equal as far as what we produce and contribute to society. So we shouldn't all get equal shares.
I believe when President Obama is talking about National Community. He's talking about one Nation, where we all share a certain set of values. Where we would all have a good shot at making it in life and being as productive as well apply ourselves. And also be rewarded for what we contribute to society. Not a society where the State collects all of the resources. And then dishes them out, based on what they believe we need to survive.