Consumers and Citizens Our postmodern capitalist societies are still dominated by a liberal ideology which belleves that freedom is best guaranteed by free-market global capitalism and minimal state interference. Most of us Westerners have now internalized capitalism, so that we have come to think of ourselves more as consumers than citizens.
THE RELUCTANT POSTMODERNIST JURGEN ffABERMAS (B. 1929) FORESEES THAT WESTERN GOVERNMENTS
WILL INCREASINGLY CONFRONT A ''t.EG!lIMA 7ION
Healthy democratic societies are cemented together by a moral consensus based on pre-capitalist values of trust and mutual support, whereas
I capitalism is motivated by self-interest and competition. It is difficult to 112 see how this circle can ever be convincingly squared.