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Alan Massie

Scottish journalist, columnist, and novelist, author of historical novels including Augustus (1995)


Communitarianism means being aware of the neighbours. This has its good side: concern. It has its bad side: concern. If we are willing to take responsibility for our neighbours when they are or seem to be in need, they will also take responsibility for us when they don't approve of what we are doing. If individualism can turn callous and selfish, then communitarianism can be censorious and bullying. There is no tyranny so nasty for those on the receiving end as the tyranny of the majority.

1996 - from his essay "Is Sixties liberalism finally on the way out?", published in The Scotsman