"There seem to be at least four degrees of such [cultural] unfolding:
- Autocratic cultures which define rights in a limited and oppressive way and there are no rights of political participation.
- Narrow democratic cultures which practise political participation through representation, but have no or very limited participation of people in decision-making in all other realms, such as research, religion, education, industry, etc.
- Wider democratic cultures which practice both political participation and varying degree of wider kinds of participation.
- Commons peer-to-peer cultures in a libertarian and
abundance-oriented global network with equipotential rights of
participation in decision-making of everyone in every field of human
endeavour, in relation to nature, culture, the subtle and the spiritual.
These four degrees could be stated in terms of the relations between hierarchy, co-operation and autonomy (deciding for others, deciding with others, deciding by oneself).
- Hierarchy defines, controls and constrains co-operation and autonomy.
- Hierarchy empowers a measure of co-operation and autonomy in the political sphere only.
- Hierarchy empowers a measure of co-operation and autonomy in the political sphere and in varying degrees in other spheres.
- The sole role of hierarchy is in its spontaneous emergence in (a)
the initiation , and (b) the continuous flowering, of
autonomy-in-co-operation, of spirit-in-manifestation, in all spheres of