The Public Interest

The community revolution

Daniel Bell & Virginia Held

Summer 1969

One cliché of contemporary political discourse is that “the people have no real voice—or, less and less of a voice—in their political affairs,” a view reinforced by a ponderous academic sociology that asserts “a decline or eclipse of the local community” and a change wherein “all groupings based on traditional criteria such as shared ethnic descent and inheritance of status are undermined....”

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