Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Better than thou? Well, yes

From: Kenneth Winchenbach Walden <>
Date: Mon Oct 10 14:38:00 2005

Ryan Singer wrote:
> On 10/10/05, *Kenneth Winchenbach Walden* <
> <>> wrote:
> Woty wrote:
> > To use another imperfect analogy: Most people would advise a woman to
> > leave an abusive husband, even if it raised extremely difficult
> > practical problems. What would you think if someone suggested
> that this
> > is an elitist position because some women cannot afford, either
> > geographically or financially, to leave?
> If none of the many people who advised women this way were able to offer
> a means by which those women who are unprivileged can realistically
> leave their abusive husband, then I think it would be fair to say that
> *the system* is an elitist one, in that it allows freedom and safety for
> those who are privileged enough to obtain it. Perhaps we should say an
> unconsciously elitist system. That does not mean that an individual who
> is working in the field and helping some women to leave their husbands,
> but not others, is individually an elitist.
> What system? The system of friendly advise is elitist? The system of
> romantic relationships? I don't see a system in that example, I see a
> person who is advising another person who is being abused by a third
> person. There is no Government there, there is no Market there, there
> is non system there. Freedom and safety from relationships and not
> matters of privilege, they are matters of choice.

This is perhaps veering off-topic, but I was talking about the society
in which these people live. One that in this example perhaps does not
provide enough economic and physical safety to allow this woman to make
a transition out of this situation.


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