Response 1

What: In chapter 1, Lappe is telling the reader that the problem with our mental frame is that people are under the impression of “We know we’re not in control…”(1). With that kind of mentality, everyone believes like things such as hunger and poverty will just correct themselves. Lappe explains that “With no grip on how things got so bad, we have no clue as to where to start to correct them” (5). However if people were to make a small adjustment in their thinking and believed that they can make a difference, perhaps people will follow in the lead. In doing that, we have a better chance to stop these world issues one step at a time.

So What: According to Lappe, “…the centralized power of thing democracy leaves most of us feeling powerless, robbing the planet of just the problem solvers we most need” (14). The “average” person has no say in what goes on, only the government, corperates and experts get that privilege. Only those in the spotlight get the chance to modify the system and get to decide how things are done

Now What: One of the five qualities Lappe used to describe a Thin Democracy was #4 power creating-not controlling. I think this is an effective way of thinking due to the concept of working together to acheive a goal instead of working against one another. Two people can get more accomplished than one person alone. In doing this “…maybe we should be talking less about power’s division and more about its creation-what’s really needed to solve our problems” (35). The more successful we are at creating power instead of attempting to control it, the more we can make a change.

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