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Hello everyone,

From the book Thak You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

St. Louis Park was exactly what the political philosopher Edmund Burke was describing in his classic Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), when he hailed the community, or what he called the “little platoon,” as the key building block and generator of trust for a healthy society.

“To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections,” Burke wrote. “It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind. The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantage.”

What is "the subdivision" in the context above? Is it the same as little platoon?

Thank you.
  • Chez

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    English English
    Yes, basically. It says first you have to love a small group to which you belong, then this will widen out to a feeling of community with all groups of society. We expand from loving and belonging to a small group to loving all mankind.


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    English - England
    Saint Louis Park is now a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

    Things have apparently changed, but when the story was written, a subdivision was " the division of a lot, tract, or parcel of land into two or more lots, plats, sites, or other divisions of land for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or of building development. It includes resubdivision and, when appropriate to the context, relates to the process of subdividing or to the land or territory subdivided"
    Subdivision (land) - Wikipedia

    In the United States, the creation of a subdivision was often the first step toward the creation of a new incorporated township or city.
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