Francis Fukuyama in his book "The Great Disruption" writes:
"Contemporary Americans, and contemporary Europeans as well, seek contradictory goals. They are increasingly distrustful of any authority, political or moral, that would constrain their freedom of choice, but they also want a sense of community and the good things that flow from community, like mutual recognition, participation, belonging, and identity. Community has to be found elsewhere, in smaller and more flexible groups and organisations where loyalties and memberships can be overlapping, and where entry and exit entail relatively low costs. People might thus be able to reconcile their contradictory desires for community and autonomy. But in this bargain, the community they get is smaller and weaker than most that have existed in the past. Each community shares less with neighboring ones, and the ones to which they belong have relatively little hold. The circle of people they can trust is necessarily narrower. The essence of the shift in values that is at the center of the Great Disruption is, then, the rise of moral individualism and the consequent miniaturization of community".
1. Does this hypothesis seem to be borne out by the facts?
2. Does the description of the fractured, miniaturized and weakened community that allows members easy entry and exit, apply to the Home Education community?
3. If so, does this have significantly negative consequences or is the balance all positive?
4. What do you imagine the future holds with regard to how the community at large will structure itself?