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June 07, 2005

Invisible Villages: Technolocalism and Community Renewal


The Public Realm and Decentralised Power

"...The ideological battles of the 1970s, '80s and '90s not only positioned 'public' and 'private' as mutually exclusive, but often as adversaries to one another. Similarly, the liberal ideal of equality through fairness seems equally difficult to uphold unless fundamentally organised around a single and centralised law-issuing body. Three hundred and fifty years on, it is difficult to conceive of a philosophical replacement for Thomas Hobbes's original vision of the modern state in which its legitimacy resides, at least in part, in its incontestability (Hobbes, 1996). How can a society be fair if there are competing centres of power, with potentially incommensurable notions of fairness? How can there be multiple sources of authority, and multiple public spheres, without that risking a ghettoisation of civil society?..." From Invisible Villages: Technolocalism and Community Renewal by William Davies and James Crabtree, Renewal, Vol. 12 No1 2004.

Posted by jo at June 7, 2005 12:21 PM