mercoledì 23 marzo 2016

Get a Compound di Bryan Caplan

  • Critics of libertarianism frequently fault us for ignoring the value of community.  Libertarians may be perfectly happy living in a society bound together by nothing stronger than "I'll leave you alone, you leave me alone."  But psychologically normal humans crave a sense of deep belonging - a sense only big government satisfies.
  • The more I think about this story, though, the weaker it seems.  The million-dollar question: If people really crave a sense of deep belonging, how come almost no one voluntarily lives in "compounds" - also known as "intentional communities"?  If you're a Christian, why not live in an all-Christian apartment block?  If you're a Green, why not live in an all-Green commune?  If you're an American nationalist, why not live in an all-American-nationalist housing development?