Communitarianism is a political system that gives authority over individuals to unelected community “stakeholders”. A stakeholder is defined as a “group, person, organization or system” which can be just about anybody or anything. You’ll find the term used in just about every government and grant funded project in existence today. Forming partnerships with stakeholders is an effective way to bypass voters and taxpayers.
Logic dictates that each of these NGO’s needs leaders. Many of these organisations have statements of common purpose or claim to be working towards a common purpose. Is it purely coincidental that an International Leadership training organisation is also named Common Purpose?
Common Purpose tells us itself that:
“In every democracy, there is an invisible open space. It lies between the citizen and the state. Between the immediate responsibilities facing each individual and the institutional responsibilities of the Government. It is political, but not party political: a place where people come together and act for a greater good. And it is open to every sector of society. Our aim is to fill this space with as many people as possible-and give them the knowledge, inspiration and connections they need to be effective. To encourage all kinds of people into it-and to see all kinds of initiatives come out of it. To discover new leaders in the bustling crowd – and to show the lone voices that they are not alone”.
If common purpose really is for the greater good, one must ask why participants try to hide their attendance, and councils and corporations attempt to resist freedom of information (FOI) requests regarding attendance lists. Certainly in the case of public organisations they are required to comply with such FOI requests, as it is in the public interest.