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The Big Society is about our institutions and how to benefit from a better understanding of what makes us tick as human beings.
Over the last fifty years or so, big government and the rights of the individual have reduced the influence of institutions like family, clubs, societies, charities and professional and trade associations. It has become widely accepted that it is government's job to intervene and incentivise us in the pursuit of a set of social goals and we have developed a dependency on the state. Responsibility and authority have become more centralized and government has attempted to use the tools of traditional economics to measure and manipulate us… Read more