When I needed my MP I just discovered he was a total shit. This doesn’t stop me thinking that many people as good or better than me have been in politics. Clegg and Cable looked OK until they became government lackeys. We have some explanations of why change never really happens, like Yes Minister. I’m sure we have no real politics. The idea of Blair as CIA in The Ghost came to me long ago. After all, if the Soviets got in Philby and the rest, we must be more vulnerable to American dark politics (Churchill was half-American).
Weber proposed the Iron Law of Oligarchy long ago and much is actually written on our lack of democracy. I’ve read a lot of it over the years and taught enough of this and ‘statistics’ to know most of what is bristled at us as ‘research’ is highly skewed by basic assumptions from the Idols (Bacon) of cave, tribe, marketplace and theatre. The Athenian Democracy was not the start, but rather an evil and miserable failure we need to learn from.
I would be OK with the current mess if our leaders were just denuded of power by bureaucracy – some cultures think leadership is mainly fit for ridicule. Yet important stuff that is probably against most of our interests still gets done, and our individual situation is best summed up in the graffiti ‘because I’m worthless’.
I can see some point in being able to vote, and vote out, but one set of clowns follows another and a Labour leader clearly took us into an illegal and immoral war -something we could not address in court. Blair should admit the truth and take his fortune to Iraq and Afghanistan to tend the damage, not go for secret absolution with god.
Many of the structures of what we call democracy are clearly barriers to real self-government – political parties, the media class, ejukation and so on. The most cultured and scientific country of the 20th century was its worst (Germany), though it was only one of several vile imperialist nations. Argentina was probably in a position to rival the USA as an economy in 1900 and look what happened there.
Real change means overturning the real power and we don’t have any politics that even identifies what this is, let alone how we might get control we can control without it corrupting into business-as-usual.
If all this was a scientific research programme it would be a Lakotosian paradigm in decadent decline, its core assumptions taking more to support than anything it was outputting. I can dump a hundred papers on this on you, b ut they explain little.
One could see little harm if a few of us started living on the basis of joint buying-ordering direct from manufacturers and in local economic transfer systems – little retail-professional drag on our lives – perhaps moving to our own education, housing and housing services – yet we really never see these kinds of experiment, though there is some. The real break here is with capital and waste. If we got this working in any size, our mutual exchanges would be assessed for us to pay tax into the system we were rejecting.
I can see banking and retail being destroyed by this and other means, because they just add no value. I only begin here. We need ways to pull down irrelevant and costly structures, including unnecessary work as much as any reorganising factory – yet we need more ‘jobs’.
The current system promises to look after all this through ‘capitalism’, but this gives us no politics because we can’t organise the capital.
We could write the spreadsheets of such a ‘plan’ and devise control other than a Politburo. We could produce computer simulations. We could play first. Instead, we get Secondlife!