Our Public Life

Our Public Life

Our Public Life

Our Public Life

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We men belong to many groups, large and small, young and old, important and insignificant--family, club, team, church, society, nation, state, culture. They take up much of our time; they condition and control a good part of our lives. All of them deserve examination. But I here confine myself mainly to the examination of some of the more important of the larger groups. And in the hope of clarifying and resolving issues which have long remained obscure, I try a somewhat different approach from that which is currently made to the subject. I asked myself not only how it is that men come to be part of public groups, but what ought to occur if they are to move out of inferior into better states of affairs, e.g., from conventional, traditionalized societies to states, to cultures, and then to civilization. Through the use of what is perhaps best termed a method of dialectical construction I have tried to pre-

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