M.P. Baumgartner reveals that the apparent serenity of the suburb is caused by the avoidance of open conflict. She contends that although nonviolence, nonconfrontation, and tolerance produce a superficial social harmony, these behaviors arise from disintegrative tendencies in modern culture--transience, fragmentation, weak family and communal ties, isolation, and indifference--conditions customarily viewed as sources of disorder, antagonism, and violence. A kind of moral minimalism pervades the suburbs, a disorganized social order that, with the suburbs' rapid growth in America, promises to be the moral order of the future. The funniest part was when she told stories of the old woman who would stand outside on her sidewalk waiting for people to come by so she could blab at them for 20 minute stretches and the story of the neighbor who would occasionally walk outside, take a dump in the yard, and go back in the house. no lie! Everybody in the neighborhood kept to themselves and didn't say a word about it.