Comment 67906

By adrian (registered) | Posted August 12, 2011 at 06:11:39 in reply to Comment 67801

There's no doubt that we could use a few leaders, champions, advocates, organizers etc. But fundamentally, is our problem not one of delegating these tasks away in the first place?

Forgive me if I'm misinterpreting you, but are you suggesting that the fundamental problem is the democratic process, by which we elect people to act in the role of leader, champion, advocate, and organizer?

That aside, I think there's an important distinction between "hero" and "champion". A hero is someone endowed with great qualities (such as courage). A champion, in the way I have used the term, is someone who advocates actively and passionately. The first may be rare, the second simply requires hard work, determination and vision - which can be developed, as you pointed out.

The point of my article is essentially to point out the good that can come of having a mayor who acts as a champion, and to ask the simple question: should our mayor be our champion?

As far as good ideas go, I don't think that finding good ideas is Hamilton's problem. Our problem is doing something with them.

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