…what have I done?
A vibrant political culture needs community groups, libraries, good public schools, neighborhood organizations, cooperatives, public meeting places, voluntary associations, and trade unions to provide ways for citizens to meet, communicate, and interact with their fellow citizens.
American capitalist neoliberal democracy, with it’s notion of the free market takes dead aim at these sectors. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless against oppression.