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Communitarianism designates a political theory that reminds us that persons live within a complex web of groups and associations by which they define themselves and take up responsibilities that form the bonds uniting them in common efforts. The modern world is dominated by the great institutions of the state and the market. Communitarians emphasize that in addition to those two great centers of power, there are numerous other communities and associations that people form so as to carve out together meaningful and effective lives together. Indeed, through these associations members can gain the power to influence the state and the market. Communitarianism is, in part, a sustained response to contemporary liberalism's tendency to emphasize the freedom of individuals at the expense of neglecting the role ...

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