I think back wistfully to those idealistic days in the movement when we made all decisions by consensus, rotating tasks or choosing them by lot so each of us could be empowered. We learned to listen hard and think together, insisting at each meeting that everyone speak her mind. We studied oratory, self-defense, anatomy, electricity, car repair, carpentry, history – imagining that we could each take responsibility for everything in our lives. Maybe, I think, I’ve come to a place where I can again expand my powers and live once more by consensus – but this time consensus of one.
-Alix Kates Shulman (Drinking The Rain)