I was recalling again yesterday the difference between liberalism and pre-liberal politics, and the implications on citizenship and political participation. What is the basic unit of society? The individual, or the family? If the individual, then why shouldn't each individual (if qualified) have a voice in government, or at least vote? But if it is the family, and there is a hierarchy in the family, then the one who holds authority in the family should represent the family in deliberations concerning the common good. But this isn't going to fly in today's society, just as restricting the vote to only those who are qualified will not work.