Longing for Belonging and the Lure of the State
Publication Date: August 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ryan Messmore
Keywords: Thought; community; Civil Society; belonging
Coverage: United States
The case for limited government can be strengthened by acknowledging the fundamental human longing for a sense of belonging and recognizing that local participatory communities are best equipped to meet this need. The national government has an important role in protecting such communities, which includes preserving rather than absorbing their rightful authority and functions.