Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…


Private Eye has a column for this – readers send in examples of ridiculous uses of the word.
It’s an “apple pie word”, isn’t it? Who could be opposed to community…

Community: Gemeinschaft and Gesellshaft
In categorizing societies Toennies compared Gemeinschaft: pre-industrial, rural village communities– where everyone else knew each other intimately– with Gesellschaft, an urban mechanical society in which people only knew each other in non-personal, professional terms. Such a view makes the individual prey for authoritarian impulses. Compare with Durkheim’s mechanical and organic solidarity

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