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This is not a blog which expresses instant opinions on current events. It rather uses incidents, books (old and new), links and papers as jumping-off points for some reflections about our social endeavours.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

What is to be done?

The discussion thread to the David Simon article is worth looking at. It confirms my view that few people are taking the time or trouble to explore the feasibility of the various paths which are open to those of us appalled with the behaviour of our commercial, financial, media and political rulers and systems.

Let’s try to set out what most thinking people would probably agree with (after some argument)–
  • The mixed economy we had for almost 40 years after the war was a good system for us in the West
  • It kept power in check
  • Economic globalisation has, however, now undermined the power which working class people had in that period – probably irretrievably
  • Neo-liberalism has supplied instead a thought system which justifies corporate greed
  • All political parties and most media have been captured by that thought system and the elite which now rules the world
  • Privatisation is a disaster
  • It has undermined both the capacity of western states – and the trust people had in the public sector of those states
  • It is no longer possible to see a “countervailing power” which would make these corporate elites pull back from the disasters they are inflicting on us
  • Bricks are perhaps part of the answer (also “suicide missions” of the elderly!)
  • The ruling elite understand this threat – which is why it has been building up an Orwellian “security state” ready to act against “dissidence”
  • But the beliefs which lie at the dark heart of the neo-liberal project do need more detailed exposure
  • We need to be willing to express more vehemently the arguments against privatisation – to feel less ashamed about arguing for “the commons” and for things like cooperatives and social enterprise (inasmuch as such endeavours are allowed)
  • to feel less ashamed about arguing for “the commons” and for things like cooperatives and social enterprise (inasmuch as such endeavours are allowed)
  • to take more strength from appropriate points in history and 
  • to take the time to find and talk with those who can distill the essence of what others have been saying..........We don't need to reinvent the wheel - and should beware those with ready answers!
By comparison have a look at what some Germans were saying in June 

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