I was particularly interested in reading Justin Dilley’s piece about
the old ATO house and noted the headline “Flirting with Democracy”
The thrust of the article would make it appear that democracy comes alive only
in a group living context like what is described as “Wittenberg’s
revolutionary experiment.” I would suggest that there is nothing revolutionary
about the concept.
It has existed on the Wittenberg campus for over a hundred years in the form
of fraternities and sororities. The only unique features of the present arrangement
are that it involves both sexes and benefits from significant tax advantages
— no real property tax or sales tax — as an instrumentality of the
If the ATOs were to return, I suspect they would be somewhat nonplussed by
the presence of women but would otherwise fit right in.