Natural Equilibrium between Civil and Market Society

The ideal social system contains (1) civil society, (2) market society, (3) either no or minimal government. If that is true, then there must be a natural equilibrium between the size of (1) civil society and the size of (2) market society. We can define (1) civil society as household production that involves social production…
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Community beyond Charity

Many people associate the volunteer, community, or independent sector, aka civil society, far too much with merely charity. This sets up a reductionist dichotomy between (1) “selfish” activity–understood in the narrow sense of revenue maximization–that takes place within the market and (2) “altruistic” activity–whereby the gift giver gains little or no money or utility–that takes…
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Challenge vs. Status Quo

Referring to the independent sector and the whole of civil society as though it we merely another aspect of the ‘market’ has both a substantive downside and a rhetorical downside. The substantive downside is that equating the independent sector and the whole of civil society with the market encourages reducing all voluntary relations to merely…
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