“What unifies [a large social movement] is ideas, not ideologies. There is a difference between the two; ideas question and liberate, while ideologies justify and dictate.” - Blessed Unrest, How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming: Paul Hawken, ©2007
Unfortunately, we seem to have politicians who have ideologies rather than ideas. A great deliberative body cannot have ideologies. How can one deliberate when one has fixed ideas and doesn’t want to be confused with the facts.
Wasn’t it Pete Seeger who sang about the best politicians money can buy and that we elect them again and again. Not quite: “What did you learn in school today" has “elect them again and again” but not “money can buy”. See http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Pete_Seeger:What_Did_You_Learn_In_School_Today%3F. It was Morey Amsterdam who said, "Our Congress is the finest body of men money can buy.” See http://likesuccess.com/topics/3033/finest.
http://www.blessedunrest.com/ hasn’t been updated since 2008. However, see http://www.paulhawken.com for current updates about his activities. The homepage features his latest book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Maybe I’ll read it when I finish Blessed Unrest.