How a community can best encourage participation in government.

Through exploration of the Arc of Reform, the author notes a major conflict that arises between the two differing, but similarly named individual vs. capital-I Individual. Just like the scenario by which the entire, or a portion of a society rejects the roles given to them by the central government, a single member of that society can decide to reject their role given to them by the central government or the specific sphere of society in which they exist. In a utopian scenario, all individual will both, be able to ascribe or accept their preferred role within the society, as well as every member of that society have the ability to participate in their government. This so-called “reified state” enjoys a status by which all everything operates in an idealized state. However, in such a large society, it would be nearly impossible to have every member of that society under the purview of a central government to be readily accepting of their role given to them by the same government/society. However, the chapter identifies a smaller section, the community, by which there is a greater opportunity for this reified scenario to exist. An interesting idea for sure, especially since the convention by which a single individual exists as a member of a given community is often not compulsory. Unlike, when citizenship under a given central government is less voluntary, and is usually dictated by means beyond control or participation by a single individual.