Christopher Blum, “On Being Conservative: Lessons from Louis Bonald”

In The Intercollegiate Review 41.1 (2006): 23-31.

Blum writes that real communities are based on place, on work, and on the family. Blum quotes Robert Nisbet to explain that real communities are not based on “relations of sentiment but [on] real belonging to an association that provides some social or even economic function (23). Communities of place encourage constancy and stability, while communities of work reestablish the need of the young for the wise and the responsibility of elders for the formation of the young. Finally, the community of the family is the root of the wider community. It is the primary locus for formation, and the society that structures itself around the family’s preservation will find real reasons to be connected.

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