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Longing for Belonging and the Lure of the State

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ryan Messmore

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Central or federal government)

Keywords: Thought; community; Civil Society; belonging

Type: Report

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.