Should Transition Movement ignore politics?

Some background. Transition United States succintly states their assumptions.

  • That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
  • That our communities currently lack resilience.
  • That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now to build community resilience and prepare for life without fossil fuels.
  • That by unleashing the collective genius of our communities it is possible to design new ways of living that are more nourishing, fulfilling and ecologically sustainable.

Treehugger discusses the current debate within the Transition Community as to whether they should get into politics. In my view, they have no choice, because politics will get involved with them whether they want it to or not, something back-to-the-country hippies discovered in the 1960’s. Once a community, especially an intentional one, gets beyond a certain size, it can not help but have politicals dealings, frictions, and coalitions with its neighbors and the community at large. There is no way to drop out completely or for a community to ignore politics.


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