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I've done quite a lot of Landmark courses, and for a few years I had a site up here with lots of opinions about the ideas & some about the organisation. My reasons for taking down those various bits of writing at this point (July 2001) are as follows:
Basically, I didn't feel happy leaving it up without some rewriting, but at this point I have no desire to do the rewriting either. If at some point I get enthusiastic enough to spend the time on an overhaul (probably a couple of weeks' work), I'll put it back up. Or maybe I might think about and rewrite individual sections which could then come back up.
Although I went through a phase of being fascinated by the interface between Landmark (as a collection of interesting ideas, and to a lesser degree as an organisation) and the rest of the world, I've spent a lot of time in that conversation over the last few years and got gradually less interested in it.
Leaving the site up wouldn't just mean I feel a responsibility to keep it up to date. I was getting a steady stream of emails about it, and although most of them were just to say thanks, some people wanted to discuss things or ask my advice. So, taking it down and bowing out of that conversation is going to neatly round off one of the places I was spending time which right now I'd rather spend on other things.
The site was already somewhat out of date, inasmuch as there were interpretations I had developed or heard about in the last few years which I hadn't taken the time to write about. So it wasn't the site which, if I'd been writing one now, I would have written.
The site was being criticised (not by LEC-the-organisation* but by LEC's critics). I saw value in some of the criticisms, but in order to weave in the bits I agreed with, I would have had to do a lot more writing and a lot of analysis, just when I actually wanted to be spending less time on the subject.
But don't hold your breath...
Yes, I know that some people were finding it useful. Sorry, people, and I hope you find equally useful material elsewhere.
* Note: No-one has ever contacted me on behalf of Landmark Education Corporation (LEC) about my site, either to praise it or to criticise it. I say that for clarification, as I'm aware that some other people have been asked/told to take stuff down if they didn't want to be taken to court by LEC's legal department. This was not the case with me - in fact, no-one at all asked me to go so far as to take the site down, it was entirely my own idea.
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