There can be no society without community. In fact, there can be no life without it. All life, all of nature, all earthly systems, are based on closed cycles of receiving and giving, save only that gift of energy which comes from the sun. There can be no life whatever without balances cycles of giving and receiving.
Source: Dee Hock (founder of VISA), Birth of the Chaordic Age (Berrett-Koehler: San Francisco, 1999).