“In short, Moses had discovered a governmental institution that was not only uniquely suited to his purposes but was, in institutional terms, and embodiment of his personality, an extension of himself. ‘An institution,’ said Ralph Waldo Emerson,‘ is the lengthened shadow of one man.’ The institution named ‘the public authority’ was, in the form it took after Moses’ eyes focused on it in 1937 and 1938, the lengthened shadow of Robert Moses. He himself seemed to understand this. His remarks and, sometimes, his published statements, reveal a striking identification of himself with authorities, which he defined as ‘nonpolitical’ organizations headed by ‘unsalaried’ trustees in which ‘the speed, flexibility and absence of red tape, traditionally associated with private industry,’ could be used for public purposes.”
“In short, Moses had discovered a governmental institution that was not only uniquely suited to his purposes but was, in institutional terms, and embodiment of his personality, an extension of himself. ‘An institution,’ said Ralph Waldo Emerson,‘ is the lengthened shadow of one man.’ The institution named ‘the public authority’ was, in the form it took after Moses’ eyes focused on it in 1937 and 1938, the lengthened shadow of Robert Moses. He himself seemed to understand this. His remarks and, sometimes, his published statements, reveal a striking identification of himself with authorities, which he defined as ‘nonpolitical’ organizations headed by ‘unsalaried’ trustees in which ‘the speed, flexibility and absence of red tape, traditionally associated with private industry,’ could be used for public purposes.”
75 pages of notes from a 2 week program that I did with Triple Canopy last month on networked publishing, conceptual reading and writing, interfaces, economies, publics, etc. (warning: 22mb pdf)

75 pages of notes from a 2 week program that I did with Triple Canopy last month on networked publishing, conceptual reading and writing, interfaces, economies, publics, etc. (warning: 22mb pdf)