Restorative justice advocates … argue that when the state takes over in our name, it undermines our sense of community.1

This phenomenon can also be observed when a response to an injustice or harm is commercialized. People may think, “I gave to the church so I have no personal responsibility to give to the poor or feed the hungry.” Or, “isn’t that why I pay taxes?”

Restorative leadership maintains a sense of personal responsibility even when a personal objective becomes a community objective.


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  1. See, generally, Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities (Anderson, U.S. 2001).