Gardeners vs. Designers
Understanding the Great Fault Line in Canadian Politics
Brian Lee Crowley
Sutherland House Inc
A stunning exposition on the benefits of liberal democracy. Gardeners vs. Designers plants the seeds for Canada's future—a vision that is convincing, powerful, and persuasive. - FRED LITWIN, author of Conservative Confidential: Inside the Fabulous Blue Tent
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.