Gardeners vs. Designers: Understanding the Great Fault Line in Canadian Politics (Paperback)

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Gardeners vs. Designers: Understanding the Great Fault Line in Canadian Politics (Paperback)

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Brian Lee Crowley, one of Canada's most original political thinkers, has produced a stunning road map for how we can steer Canada into a brighter political future.


He claims that we can divide political culture into two categories: designers and gardeners. Designers believe that they have sufficient knowledge to impose their will on others, without any unintended consequences, while gardeners are more modest and are content to work with what already exists, especially where whatever already exists has virtues or beauties.


Crowley argues that we need fewer designers making top-down pronouncements, and more gardeners who are willing to work from the bottom up, cultivating instead of engineering. We should all aspire to be gardeners: planting, growing, appreciating the results, and building something that will thrive in the ideal political, social, and cultural soil.

Product Details ISBN: 9781989555354
ISBN-10: 1989555357
Publisher: Sutherland House Books
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2020
Pages: 402
Language: English