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What did the US election teach us about CC?

One of the tenets of our nascent movement is personal responsibility. You have rights as a citizen, sure, but equally importantly, you have responsibilities.

We believe a critical responsibility you have is to yourself. It’s yours to do everything in your power to create the circumstances that will allow you to be happy, productive, and successful — however you define it. That would seem to align with conservative doctrine that says, to a certain extent, everybody’s circumstances are a product of their own hard work and ingenuity. Except they’re not. We can hugely influence, but rarely can we control.

Right next to personal responsibility comes the very human characteristic of responsibility for our contribution to the collective. We don’t live the “every man for himself” belief, and haven’t since we crawled out of the primordial muck.

Which brings us to this article.

We don’t share it for political reasons, but for ethnographic ones. The short summary is this: If you live in an environment where your everyday existence necessitates frequent contact with others, and ideally (ok, our bias) “others” is heterogeneous, you give a damn about them. You care about the role of government influencing the conditions that will let you, and others, be happy. You care about the role that business plays in supporting what your community wants to buy, where it wants to work, and how it wants to live. And you care about how well your neighbours are doing, just because they are your neighbours.

As the article points out, while citizens of cities voted overwhelmingly for the reelection of President Obama, Democrats don’t own cities. It’s not an ideological thing. It’s a responsibility thing. As in, recognizing that our success and happiness is dependent on the collective context, not just our own effort. We are all in this together.



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