Notes on Decentralization  

I. What Is Meant by Decentralization and What Is Not Meant Decentralizing is increasing the number of centers of decision-making and the number of initiators of policy; increasing the awareness by individuals of the whole function in which they are involved; …



Sub-Language as Social Badge  

Innumerable sentences that are said are mainly social cement, keeping people together by engaging in the sociable action of speaking and listening, playing with the common code like any other game, and telling enough information to avoid the pain of a …



Memoirs from Prison  

THE EXTRAORDINARY APPALLING BEGINNING Of this extraordinary book—I can’t conceive of any other way to make credible the attentat on Frick by the compassionate, sensitive, and intellectual young man, and the author succeeds in making it totally credible. No novelist …



Kropotkin at this Moment  

The new interest in Kropotkin is part of the worldwide revival of Anarchist action and thought, in both “private enterprise” and socialist countries. So Bakunin, Kropotkin, and the other Anarchists were right after all: the real enemies have proved to …



Missing the Point on LBJ  

There is a positivist school of political science that devotes itself to the analysis of power. It is value-free about things like justice or commonwealth; and it pays as little mind as possible to causes like class interests or historical …







Youth Work Camps  

The idea of work camps for unemployed teen-agers has always been attractive, it has somehow seemed “right.” So it recurs whenever, as now, the competitive labor market begins to fail these youth. The camps are first set up as a …



Sociology And The Community  

THE ECLIPSE OF COMMUNITY, by Maurice R. Stein. Princeton University Press. 1960. The Eclipse of Community is a reasoned manual of important American community studies of the past fifty years. One of its great merits is how it implicitly tells …



Growing Up Absurd  

Growing up as a human being, a “human nature” assimilates a culture, just as other animals grow up in strength and habits in their appropriated environments, that complete their natures. Present-day sociologists and anthropologists don’t talk much about this process, …