Failures of Civility and Social Capital in China Now no generalized trust means no loyalty and no moral authority
This is the eighth post in the series on civil society in China now
In the west, the lack of an active civil society is politically worrisome. Civil society is the home of organized disagreement with government but also a home of innovative ideas and the force for change. Without it, democracy is politically adrift.
Rulers can never be certain of the quality of information they get. People lose the sense of community that comes with civility and social capital. There are information and emotional holes in society.
What does a society look like without civility? China is a good example.