Tom Atlee: Wise Democracy’s Most Fundamental Principle

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Tom Atlee

Wise democracy’s most fundamental principle

I devised the idea of wise democracy to help us “evoke and engage the wisdom and resourcefulness of the whole on behalf of the whole.” (“That’s nice,” you say, “but what does that actually mean?”) In this essay I explore why I consider that statement to be wise democracy’s “prime directive”. In the process, I tease out the specific relevance and power of each of its main constituent words – paying special attention to the vast and many-faceted concept of “the whole” which lies at its heart.

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