Sane Polity: A Pattern Language

Sane Polity A Pattern Language William Ophuls proposes a different way of thinking about governance Inspired by architecture he articulates a pattern language of politics a set of thirty five design criteria for constructing sane

  • Title: Sane Polity: A Pattern Language
  • Author: William Ophuls
  • ISBN: 9781480073166
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Ophuls proposes a different way of thinking about governance Inspired by architecture, he articulates a pattern language of politics a set of thirty five design criteria for constructing sane and humane polity Since ancient times, human beings have asked a fundamental question What is a good society, and how should it be governed Plato s response was philosophiWilliam Ophuls proposes a different way of thinking about governance Inspired by architecture, he articulates a pattern language of politics a set of thirty five design criteria for constructing sane and humane polity Since ancient times, human beings have asked a fundamental question What is a good society, and how should it be governed Plato s response was philosophical In The Republic , he searched for an abstract notion of justice to guide political thought and action Aristotle s response was empirical In The Politics , he tried to discover which constitutions were conducive to justice in practice Following Aristotle, the modern era embraced constitutionalism as the royal road to political nirvana Thus the American founders, who were also inspired by the mechanical worldview, framed a constitutional machine intended to foster individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness But the mechanical worldview is no longer intellectually tenable, and constitutional governance is no longer practically viable Far from fostering a society in which men and women flourish according to their own lights, modern polities grow steadily dysfunctional and oppressive Ophuls argues that a pattern language best accords with the dawning ecological worldview and the emerging scientific understanding of systems and chaos He contends that the proper way to shape the political future is not with rigid legal machinery, as is our wont, but instead with flexible design criteria resembling the architectural patterns used for constructing human settlements and dwellings.

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    1. I liked the pragmatic simplicity of the approach to outlining the characteristics of a society that maintains balance within and and without - that is, with the natural environment.But as with any stripped down exposition, it makes one cringe at times as it ignores the complexity of already-existing societies. In other words, the book offers little to fix what has clearly deviated from his wiser path - demographics of settlement in urban centers, inequalities in the distribution of wealth and op [...]

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