Tried to leave this comment on Chris blog, in response to a great post on Lewis Hyde's The Gift, but the comment wouldn't fit in the box provided.
Great posts. "Solidarity" or community might be the words to use for that kind of human b*ondage, in which we are bound by duty, reciprocity, friendship, or love. Cluetrain is within the market. I once described it as choochoo train in a mall at Christmas carrying gifts for all the good little girls and boys. The book is political. Utopian rhetoric, but market solutions. Since then I think that Doc and certainly Weinberger have become more politically alert. "World of of Ends" is an attempt to get Cluetrainish about political life, or life in a polis. But it lacks a serious grounding in political philosophy and theory. Lenore's reading, by contrast, is deep, if lopsided. She could emerge as a bridge into the best contemporary thinking on civil society, through her connections with Hudson, Heritage, and other right leaning think tanks, through her friendship with the great writer and thinker of civil society, Dick Cornuelle, and through her growing if improbable friendship with Tracy Gary, whose connections go deep into the best educated of the leftists. Keep it up, Chris, OK? This open space thing is heating way up. You are on the right themes and are picking up readers like Lenore whose agreements and disagreements will push this conversation where it belongs - in the public eye among concerned citizens of all persuasions, as Americans.