not sure I can trust anyone anymore who uses the word community positively and often.

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@realcaseyrollins I already didnt trust people who made it clear they knew whats best for other people -- especially if they were willing to speak for others, and act on this belief. over time I realized that people likely uncomfortable expressing this moralism in those terms are more comfortable doing so when using the language of community.

in one way, this looks like mapping an imagined set of less miserable relations onto the exchange relations of acquaintanceships, people they happen to live next to, people they buy things from, etc. aside from wishful thinking, this obscures how terrible relations of exchange society actually are. how amusingly difficult it is to get a community proponent to define it! "who exactly are you talking about?" mostly uncomfortable and incredibly vague responses follow.

more insidiously, its a yearning to be part of something larger and more powerful than oneself. this conformist desire needs to categorically determine who is and who isnt the community -- the threatening other. this thinking concentrates rather than diffuses power, leading to all sorts of authoritarian behavior. it also seems to be the core logic of politics: to define a community (polis), imagine the best way to control it (policy), and put it into practice (policing). this line of thinking can and has been used to justify just about anything, as long as its for the assumed good of the community.

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