You might like this article about how the idea of “national community” was baked into our founding ideals as a balance to the human tendency toward factionalism.
Nothing is so central to America's image of itself as the idea of individual liberty. It is, we believe, what spurred…prospect.org
The author wrote it in response to laments in the 90s about the decline of community (remember the book Bowling Alone?) but it’s even more relevant in our current mess.
Coincidentally, it brings together both our lines of thought, liberty and community/unity, arguing that it’s the combination of the two that’s essential for high-functioning democracy. (Those darned founders and their checks and balances.)
I just posted a new, improved draft of my liberty appeal. Hopefully it’s more appealing.