Publisher: Ulli Diemer, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1991
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX5289
A green municipalist analysis offers valuable perspectives but can become a straightjacket if it is seen as 'the' answer.
Abstract: I have nothing at all against movements for change rooted in local municipalities, nor against federations of self-governing municipalities. What I am critical of is the tendency to see this as the strategy, the model, which fits all situations. Many good ideas have been shipwrecked because people insisted that they were universally applicable, failing to distinguish between situations to which they applied and ones to which they didn't. I'm afraid that many green municipalists are so smitten by the very considerable virtues of green municipalism that they see it as the answer, rather than as part of the answer. This creates a danger of attempting to force the model onto patterns and relationships to which it doesn't readily apply.
- Ulli Diemer