FBWE Villagers Consider The New Normal
Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University, gave a presentation on his new book, The New Normal, on December 3rd and argued that societies must find a way to balance individual rights and the common good.
Professor Etzioni stated that as new technologies develop, natural and international environments change, and new social forces arise altering the balance in society. Individual rights may be shortchanged to meet that need for better security. He believes that neither individual rights nor the common good should be privileged, that both are core values, and that a balance is necessary between them.
This premise sparked a lively conversation among the Villagers in attendance.