You’re talking about something that I feel is often overlooked.
Marco Marandiz
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Consider the idea of citizenship.

Most people assume the existence of an authority that stands just outside of their sight and maintains a workable environment for them to live and work in. They accept it as a kind of distant but very persistent parent who they can rely on for important elements of their lives. But government actually works because people have opinions about it and engage with it; people who deliberately involve themselves is shaping government and so that all important context for living. It is of existential importance. I call these people citizens. All the others are civilians. Civilians care when government gets in thier way or fails to do the job civilians expect of it. A citizen enquires about the function of the system and seeks, with the help of other citizens to make it work properly. This is part of the reason extremists get in to politics these days. They are citizens; thier point of view forces them to care. They get into the media ring and find that the people in the middle, those for whom government is simply a fuctionary, are absent. The political arena becomes an extremist playground.

The current attitude to toward civilised existence won’t work. People have to engage. Government is not abstract. We have to live in society intentionally, not just because we were born here.

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