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flattop BS: Bowling Alone (17) RE: BS: Bowling Alone 01 Sep 08


A few quotes from the book:

- Oregon firefighters fundraiser slogan, "You come to our breakfast, we'll come to your fire."

- David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher of the Enlightenment, on the problem of trust, "Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both that I shou'd labour with you today, and that you shou'd aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know that you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains on your account; and should I labour with you on my account, I know I shou'd be disappointed, and that I shou'd in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labour alone: You treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security."

- Mail-order groups permit a form of political participation which can be labeled cheap participation. For a cost below the threshold of serious analysis by the relatively affluent member, they can make a political statement of preference, without engaging in the costs (time and money) of 'real' participation.


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