Is there a party in American politics that stands for community, the common good, the human person, and a sustainable civilization? Just asking. Without commenting on the candidates now standing for election, it seems worth mentioning some points of view that don't get much of an airing in the mainstream political debates. Take Amitai Etzioni and the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University, for example. Worth following the link and seeing what they are about. Etzioni has an interesting article online called "Spent: America After Consumerism", where he calls for a balance between consumption and other pursuits, and a rethinking of what we mean by "the good life".