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Single Idea 22257

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 11. Capitalism]

Full Idea

Communitarns say capitalism is inimical to family community, because it encourages an individualistic mentality which only values self-fulfilment, and because it demands labour mobility which is disruptive of families.

Gist of Idea

Capitalism is anti-community, by only valuing individuals, and breaking up families


David Conway (Capitalism and Community [1996], VI)

Book Reference

'The Communitarian Challenge to Liberalism', ed/tr. Paul,E., Miller,F. /Paul,J. [CUP 1996], p.149

A Reaction

Chicken-and-egg with the first one. Small entrepreneurs are individualists who seek their own gain. It is big capitalism that sucks in the others. Traditional community is based on labour-intensive agriculture.

Related Ideas

Idea 22255 Capitalism breaks up extended families, and must then provide welfare for the lonely people [Conway,D]

Idea 22256 Capitalism prefers representative democracy, which avoids community decision-making [Conway,D]