False consensus and the Subaru Crowd

Some believe that, if we can just get citizens together in a room, we can engage in dialog and work rationally towards a consensus.  But our view—which is plastered all over our website—is that consensus is not a realistic goal for local government decisions.  Before I talk about why consensus does not (and should not) exist, let me backtrack a bit and recount one of my first experiences with consensus:

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