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Although Amitai Etzioni wrote The Spirit of Community specifically to encourage his agenda, he does address opposing views, albeit in a superficial way. One of these shows up early in the book:
The question of what is deemed reasonable versus unreasonable is subject to change over time. In several areas of public life, the times now call for a modest increase in what we can reasonably be asked to do for the sake of the community... Radical Individualists, such as libertarians and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have effectively blocked many steps to increase public safety and health.
(Etzioni, The Spirit of Community, Google Books)
In this example, Etzioni claims that reasonable changes are not the same as the drastic alterations blocked by various groups. Their theories of "radical individualism" are opposed to his own theory of communitarianism, and in his mind, they are entirely invalid because they do nothing to support the community as a whole. This sort of exemplification to prove a point occurs throughout the book.
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