The Paradox of Community

Source: Radical Classical Liberals
by Andrew Jason Cohen

“Conceptually, community is distinct from neighborhood. A community can be in a neighborhood, but it might instead consist of widespread people who share some commonality (the community of PPE scholars, for example). A neighborhood, for its part, may merely be a place people live, not knowing those that also live there. Take communities to be groups of people bound together by traditions. Traditions are essential to community. They also vary by community. … The paradox of community — the fact that a community’s traditions make innovation possible while simultaneously trying to prevent innovation (because innovation could bring the end of the tradition) — makes life in community … interesting.” (07/08/21)