Alastair Paynter

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When the Lamps Went Out

The Great War and the death of liberal England

JULY 21, 2014 by ALASTAIR PAYNTER

Before World War I, the average Englishman had little regular contact with the State; afterward, there was little the State did not touch.

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Society and State in Modern Britain

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 by ALASTAIR PAYNTER

When the State seeks to perform the duties that ordinarily would be carried out through people's voluntary social bonds, it damages these bonds and weakens civilization.

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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