Politics

While we are busy, building real economic islands on the common, we are hindered and distracted by the contrary powers of enclosure – so we must also engage with those powers.
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In that engagement we must remember that our primary purpose is to rebuild the common. Soon, both common and enclosure will be swept into chaos by collapsing ecologies, storms and rising seas – and of course, by collapsing monetary systems. Only the utterly-changed personal behaviours of everyone can prevent what is, after all – doomsday. It is not true, as most people say, that one person can do nothing. We have come to a unique moment, when only the actions of everyone – one by one, can pause our crazy trajectory over the brink. Governments have not the power.
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Is my personal behaviour utterly changed? It is not. So I don’t begin with the “grief” that some, rather narcissistic “climate activists” claim, but with deep, nearly overwhelming shame.
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Of course, we are a social, clan-forming, flocking species. Our identities are tied to others and our roles are integral to other roles. So, personal change becomes much more difficult, but also, more effective, because it ripples through the larger clan of family, friends and work-places. How else do social fashions spread so quickly?
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You say, no, they are spread by television and popular newspaper personalities – political and otherwise and by the subversive power of political propaganda and commercial advertising. You are right. But that is the world of enclosure. We are transitioning to the world of the common.
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In a world of enclosures; in the ballot and in the market-place, we can choose least worst options and on rare occasions, those which are good. For the most part, we choose those which do least harm.
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Let’s return to our theme – a society, in which both work and pleasure are walking distances from everyone’s door. In the currently overwhelming world of political, journalistic and commercial enclosures, how do we ease small roads of exodus towards that hopefully attractive common?
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1 – Never ever fly. That is easy.
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2 – If we can, we –
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No longer shop in super markets, but instead find proper trade’s people and market stalls. Find people.
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3 – Learn human-sized technologies and shed those powered by coal, gas, oil and biofuels. Such technologies need the intelligence, ingenuity and dexterity of very many people, not the blind dependencies of oil. So, again, find people.
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4 – Vote for the least-worst political party.
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Here in the UK, that choice is so obvious and so viciously opposed by monopolies of every kind, that it is very odd to have to mention it. The Labour Party is still tainted by its electorally-successful, corporate-backed departure into monetarism and war, but nevertheless the almost miraculous rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters – the ghosts of Clement Atlee – should be embraced by all our hearts and minds as the miracle it is – an ordinary, incorruptible, egalitarian, green, moderate politician, somehow and against all odds, close to “the seat of power”!
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In the UK there are two political parties with similar policies, to those of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour – Plaid Cymru (The Party of Wales) and the Green Party.
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The Scottish National Party is close to Plaid, Green and Labour, but is tainted by love for Scottish oil. We cannot avoid such taints in politics – The Green Party is similarly tainted by its love for statutory consumer-rights, exchanged for protected corporate supply, embodied in European Economic Union. Since the same contract also exists inside Westminster, Plaid Cymru (and SNP) have more legitimate claims to the Greens, to remain in the Economic Union.
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Of course, corporate/media-backed, old/New Labour politicians are a threat to the integrity of the Labour Party. Even so, it remains the only party to have a chance for power in Westminster. We should embrace it.
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There you have it, an innocent’s guide to power in politics.
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Don’t knock innocence.

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