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People in Policy Land

March 8, 2010

Until people in policy-land stop implying that there are things called communities which can be called on to voice an opinion and take uncontested collective action that will be acceptable to the state, we’re going to see neither genuine empowerment nor meaningful co-delivery

Kevin Harris

Good stuff – and one of the reasons why I believe that the development of community is contingent on the development of people and their self interest.  Once individuals are clear on what matters, and what they are going to do in pursuit of it, then community starts to emerge as people associate in pursuit of shared interests and exchange.

Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both that I shou’d labour with you today, and that you shou’d aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know that you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains on your account; and should I labour with you on my account, I know I shou’d be disappointed, and that I shou’d in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labour alone: You treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.

David Hume 1711-1776

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