Carol Moore

Carol Moore is an ethicist and systems theorist best known for her theories of secession and her analysis of Mahatma Gandhi's methods as an "intuitive systems theorist".

She is considered an influential critic of globalization; Although not widely read or followed in the protest-oriented wing of the anti-globalization movement, she is extremely influential in movements for separatism, urban secession and rural secession. Her followers prefer to focus on building a comprehensive "not quite a state" capacity for governance in smaller political units, and tend to ignore protest or treaties as strategies.

"I personally don't care if people have no or a little or a lot of "state" in their small voluntary communities, as long as they don't aggress on or defraud others. But I do promote nonviolence, consensus and direct democracy, all of which would lead to a small state or not quite a state." - Carol Moore.

Moore is considered a feminist and an anarchist by most, but it is not clear if she accepts these labels or not. Her focus on self-sufficiency suggests an adherence to eco-anarchism and the eco-village movement, but those both propose much smaller scales than the unit of governance in a typical separation/secession movement.

Moore's work is most often compared to that of Jane Jacobs and Donella Meadows, who likewise applied systems theory to ecological and social problems.

See also: secession, separatism

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