Even if LM is just a stepping stone, it's a worthwhile beginning. Just like Permaculture, I'm sure it takes on many forms and functions, especially by region. LM is a design theory rather than an end product. It doesn't dictate what form of society that you're building, just the foundations for any society that wants to involve the citizens. Of course, treating everyone's personal liberty can be a challenge and people are generally greedy/selfish thanks to the civilization that we have built over the last few thousand years. I don't think it will be an overnight change, but rather a change that won't see ultimate fruition for a few generations. I find parallels between the founding of America and what America has become. To me, the original US Constitution(or Magna Carter, if you want to go further back) is a piece of art. Now look at what they've become. If you can keep people involved in the decision making, then problems such as this shouldn't occur.