|Re: The Future of Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 02:59:03 -0800 (PST)|
A deep suspicion of hierarchy, of centralized institutional authority, has been a strong theme in American culture, all the way from the Democratic-Republican Party of Jefferson (this, in a context where political parties themselves were seen as the embodiment of dangerous ³factionalism²), right through the counter-cultural and protest movements of the ?60¹s, and to the Tea Party of today. So if you are worried about concentrations of power, you are a member of a very large and honorable club. But keep in mind that the ³welfare state² of the ?30¹s and the invasion of Iraq were both promoted, not by popular grass roots initiative, but by a strong federal government having a vision of what needed to be done. Our federal government can help people, or it can murder them. It¹s up to us, the voters. How this ties to cohousing is interesting. ³Big² does not work for the cohousing model. You can¹t recognize, know and care about all your neighbors if you live in a 600-unit complex. So we all share, more or less, an agreement that cohousing communities of 20 to 40 households are in the range of right-sized ? especially for consensus-based participatory democracy. Yes? Philip Dowds Cornerstone Cohousing Cambridge, MA On 2/6/11 12:34 AM, "Wayne Tyson" <landrest [at] cox.net> wrote: > The very labels "Executive Director" and "CEO" scare the hell out of me. > That's because of past experiences with the concentration of power that I > believe is fundamentally corrosive of social transformation.
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