Re: DSM: Majority Rule vs. Consensus

Jerome Mintz (
Mon, 24 Jan 2000 01:05:57 -0500 (EST)

Dear Martin:
we address that in an article on our website, The article
is called Shaker Mountain Democracy. We evolved a system slightly
different from SVS in which the minority is not ignored. We 'earned the
system from the Irouquois Indians.

Jerry Mintz

On Sun, 23 Jan 2000, Martin Wilke wrote:

> Hi all,
> I and three parents are going to (try to) start a non-coercive school in
> Berlin. On our first informal meeting we found that we have quite
> different ideas of how decisions should be made in a non-coercive
> school.
> While I think majority should decide they insist on consensus. Their
> main argument is that the majority would oppress the minority. That
> discussions would be ended as soon as it is clear that a motion will get
> a majority, and thus the minority would simply be ignored. What
> experience do you have in School Meetings or Assemblies with this point?
> Martin Wilke

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