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The common good

An old ditty runs, “Who takes care of the caretaker’s daughter while the caretaker’s busy taking care?” But if we can raise our minds above the smut it suggests and parse the caretaker as the government and his daughter as the community, we have what is a vital question for any pluralist society of any era.
 
We live today in a pluralist society. It is not the first in history, but to date it is the only one that has not destroyed itself.