June 13, 2009

Social Capital Needs Rebuilding

Social Capital is the glue that holds society together. It takes many forms. It is present when volunteers clean up a stream, build a marae, or teach literacy classes. It adds to the strength of communities. It stands in contrast to the selfish individualism for the libertarian Right. It also stands in contrast to the collectivist uniformity of the far left. Building Social Capital is about empowering local communities, rebuilding neighbourliness and recognising the value of voluntarism.

Given the failures of the centralisation of political and financial power which has developed since the 1950s perhaps it is time for a different policy programme?

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