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The real drift-even at ET- is exactly where you are pointing at!
An good american friend of my daughter was recently arguing about the presidential fuss, that french people were mostly "socialists" (right and left included).
It is true, however that the english word of community has a completely different meaning in French, as maybe the proper word would be communitarianism!

This is like the Mars and Venus thing...  We prone social mixity as a "must", even though in most cases we avoid the problem. Whereas we feel that the Anglo-Saxon solution is to have a number of satellites (communities) sharing a exchange hub called "dowtown".

That doesn't mean that, through cultural exchanges (TV) the communities aren't seen as a distant utopia... Still,  we have the back of the neck hairs that rises :-)

State, till now is just a blown up extent of the City/Village archetype. Europe is very interesting (while it doesn't yet really work on a political basis) because it might be a third way... If we manage to escape to the memories of the "Ruins of the Roman Empire" !

My point here is more to show why we don't always understand each others, on very basic facts, then to judge that one system is better then the other... :-) This everyday subconscious acquired culture, limit in a very pragmatic way the way we perceive new ideas !

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 09:25:04 AM EST
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