There are affinities in thought that are not directly traceable to “influences,” personal contacts, and the like. Of such a nature are the affinities of some aspects of Toennies’s thought to phenomenology and symbolic interactionism. A comparative evaluation is of interest, as is the comparison of Toennies and Marx; but there is no one-to-one relationship. The following two-pronged research note is offered as an incentive to further investigation, not as a final word. For the scholarly reader, it is an epilogue pointing to the future.