Say Peter asked you these questions. How would you respond, as funder, citizen, or stooge? Can we from so many different views create a "we of democracy"? And can we then make it so across our land, or the world?
Here are the questions:
What is your vision of a better world?
What are the conditions needed to realize it?
What are the obstacles?
Based on your experience, what parts of the vision are realistic and what ideas, strategies and plans can make it so?
It will be interesting to see if the funders in Peter's book, the ones who control literally millions, or collectively, billions think to ask how their strategies might percolate upward from the base and engage the community at large from the very gitgo? Do you think? Might they actually foment a conversation of democracy and then listen? Rather than inflict their view on us, as we shudder and cringe beneath the onslaught of worlds someone else wants?
Peter himself, I know from many emails and from his own writings, is determined to stand up for democracy, involving many, not the just the elite, as our tribunes (and tribulation). So, we ordinary citizens are not just along for this ride; we too get to say what we think (here and in the workbooks and conversations that will be convened around them in the near future). And maybe through this site, and pocket meetings around the country, the funder-types, the people of substance in some sense or other, will listen, since, after all, at the very least we can read what they wrote in Peter's book, and critique it. Books and broadcasts may be one way conversation ("Shut up and listen!"), but the web and pocket meetings are many to many, like democracy itself.