Re: Are some ideas wrong? and do you really value diversity
From: Gerald Manata (
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:37:09 -0800 (PST)
I think I would like to jump in on this conversation. The primary reason that 
people, certainly my neighbors, moved into cohousing is that they knew that 
they would be surrounded with people more like themselves, in other words, 
basically liberal democrats. A cohousing complex is relatively speaking, a very 
undiverse place and that is the way people, consciously or unconsciously, want 
it. It is an ethic of liberal democrats to say they want diversity so that is 
why they publicly say it. Diversity is great, indeed very necessary, in a mass 
society, but not in a cohousing complex. Cohousing is an INTENTIONAL community 
created and composed of like minded people. The only way to operate consensus 
democracy is if everyone is basically on the same page to begin with.  
On Wed, 11/23/16, Virgil Huston <virgil.huston1955 [at]> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Are some ideas wrong? and do you really value diversity
 To: cohousing-l [at]
 Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 5:40 PM
 I am
 with you (and this thread will probably get deleted). The
 from the left over the election (I
 didn't vote for Trump OR Hillary)
 is the
 worst I have ever seen. To the point I am pretty sure I
 not be a good fit for a cohousing
 community where my unorthodox
 opinion on
 politics (Libertarian would best describe it, but truly
 independent and doesn't fit either Democrat
 or Republican orthodoxy).
 This makes me sad,
 but better to know now than after I have made an
 Seriously, this stuff needs to be talked about
 and shouldn't get
 deleted. What I have
 seen is what is essentially an ideological test
 for many communities.
 On Wed,
 Nov 23, 2016 at 10:55 AM, Ty Albright <tmalbright [at]>
 > I must
 share my frustration about some of the comments recently
 made on this
 > list in reaction to the
 recent election.
 Possibly because I live in "fly over" country and
 arguably participate in a
 > different
 "culture" my opinions are different from many who
 live in other
 > parts of the country.
 > However I can tell
 you that the tone of many of these discussions are
 > offensive and demonstrate the lack of
 inclusion and diversity that many
 > claim
 to be seeking and promote as desirable.
 > The suggestion that
 because of the election suddenly we now need to deal
 > with people who are racist, white
 supremacist, and this or that phobia is
 nuts.  The suggested concern being expressed by some about
 how they hope
 > that those types of
 people don't move into my community or how could we
 > along with people who have such
 wrong ideas is hypocritical.
 I believe the more important question is do you really value
 inclusion.  Can
 > you live with others
 even if they do not share your personal political
 > beliefs?  Apparently we live in a country
 divided on political beliefs; so
 > should
 there be a test so only those who agree with your views (and
 not the
 > wrong views) are allowed to
 live in your community?
 Wake up and smell the coffee people.  People who disagree
 with your world
 > view are everywhere,
 and walk amongst you (this applies to everyone
 > regardless of your views).  You don't
 have to agree politically or be
 > friends
 with your neighbor, but if you want community you should
 > inclusive and to be a good
 neighbor.  Stop assuming the sky is falling.
 > p.s. for those who
 need to know - I did not vote for Trump, but he is now
 > our president-elect and I still like my
 > Ty - in Dallas
 > Ty Albright Project
 > Little Red Hen LLC
 > 214-336-7952
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