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    Sep 20 2013: If everyone strives for personal virtue and the common good, you'd be doing pretty well in starting to lay good foundations!

    (** personal virtue does not mean individualised self-fulfillment but relational virtue. Basically the cardinal virtues: fortitude, temperance, prudence and justice)
    • Sep 20 2013: You are correct in my view to move beyond the postmodern abdication of a stance regarding ethics. Yet, being good does not in itself reward one with power. As a result, we need a bridge between morality and power via social movements or social innovations. The very idea of urban innovations can itself fail to appreciate problems of (a) agency, (b) scale, (c) replicability, and (d) causation. The issue is partially to design good innovations, but a necessary condition is to change the calculus of social movements and the media to increase the probability of having such good innovations and their power. A neutral, "non-ideological" approach will often be less comprehensive, with atomized approaches replicating mediocrity in the face of global crises.

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