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Response to randome (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 10:02 AM

16. Indeed, Occupy is the inspiration for the idea.

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I had thought that this kind of idea was what they were pursuing, but it turns out that democracy was an afterthought. But I still think it was the most important issue they brought to light, and the experiments should have continued, grown, and been more inclusive rather than turning into the counterculture silliness it did.

There's no reason whatsoever not to hold People's Assemblies in ordinary auditoriums, where people sit in chairs or at conference tables, like normal grownups instead of sitting cross-legged on grass, beating bongos and tambourines.

As for information, I'm not sure what role electronic media would play. I'm hesitant to involve it, because it distances people from each other and from their physical environment. It can connect them superficially, but the real connections - the ones people will seriously fight for - are those of family and long-term community. So Assemblies need to be in person, I think. Larger ones could just be concentric sums of local ones.

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