Re: Political Views in Cohousing
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 14:21:15 -0700 (PDT)
Back in the 90's when I was roaming around communities and cohousing groups
as a consultant I found a enormous politcal bias to the left of center. I
was told by many an old communitarian that, duh, community building is a
liberal thing.  Then I found myself one day flying to the east coast and
part of an amazing discussion which involved about 15 people all up and down
the aisle of the plane about community values. One of the persons in this
disucssion was a regional campaign manager for George Bushes first
presidency run. Based on the commentary, the political views of the
participants ranged from far right to far left. And to my surprise, (I think
all of us were surprised) there was substantial common ground about
community values, sharing resources, caring about your neighbors, etc. I
have never been on a plane ride before or since with this kind of group
discussion so even the response to the topic was amazing. 

Since that time I visited 4 very conservative communities, all religious
based. While each had its own set of attributes, the primary difference was
in the leadership models and decision making models. Many of the other
attributes of caring, working together, sharing resources, were the same as
any of the very liberal communties I have been to.  

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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