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For the first, I must confess to having misread you. I took you to imply the necessity of a mystical quality to political theory when in fact you spoke of the distinction between ideology and populism. That you need both a coherent ideology and a broad support base to do effective politics is not something I want to question.

For the second? Friendship, family, the local club/pub/neighbourhood garden party, hobbies, art, scholarship, political activism and literally a thousand other things can and do serve the same social role as religion does in some communities.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 06:23:38 PM EST
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