Catchword For Bush
Ideology: 'Communitarianism' Finds Favor
by Dana Milbank,
The Washington Post,
See also Part 1:
A Third Way to a Good Society
by Professor Amitai Etzioni:
“The good society is a partnership of three sectors:
government, private sector,
and community. Each one reflects and serves a distinct facet of our
community. ... While these partners may differ in terms of their
respective roles, and these may change with social condition, in a good
society the three sectors seek to cooperate with one another."
"This is the ultimate Third Way," said Don Eberly, an
adviser in the Bush White House, using a favorite phrase of President
Bill Clinton... 'This is a new way to rethink social policy:
a major reigniting of interest in the social sector."
"We need to connect with
one another. We've got to move a little more in the direction of
community in the balance between community and the individual," said
Robert D. Putnam of Harvard University, a leading communitarian
"Bush's inaugural address, said...
Amitai Etzioni, a
communitarian thinker, 'was a communitarian text,' full of words like
'civility,' 'responsibility' and 'community.' That's no accident: Bush's
advisers consulted on the speech with Putnam. ... Bush has
recruited some of the leading thinkers of the 'civil society,' or
'communitarian,' movements to his White House: ...University of
Pennsylvania professor John DiIulio, fatherhood advocate
Eberly, speechwriters Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner....
"...Bush adviser Marvin Olasky... said. 'He is a civil society
permanent social change and
Dissatisfaction (a crisis) for social transformation