Our current political system is broken.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that.
In Britain, let alone in the rest of the world, we are facing a collapse in the very fabric of how our politics is and should be done.
You might even say the whole thing is being broken on purpose.
The problem is, what‘s the alternative?
Democracy itself is an ideal to which we ought to always aspire, but so long as there are those willing to abuse and bend it to their own injust purposes, and a lack of political will to safeguard it against these misdeeds, it will never be able to live up to the lofty ambitions we have for it. …
Growth, and its science bitch codename GDP, is the metric by which we currently measure the success of a society.
And for a growing economy, that makes sense.
Are you growing? Yeah? Cool. How much are you growing? Let’s measure that.
But what about when you hit the point where further growth just doesn't really bring any extra benefits?
When a society has basically become ‘fully grown’.
Where any extra percentage point of growth we eke out of the system is just smoke and mirrors, some made-up benefit of banging more a few more bucks on to our credit card bill… superficial nonsense that has no real, tangible value. …
“Understanding block-chain makes you go mad, unless you start your own cult”
Before you think it, no, I’m not one of those Silicon Valley tech bros who believes the answer to everything is Huel and Blockchain.
Honestly, I barely even understand Blockchain, not properly.
I’ve read, like, two books on it, and a couple of handfuls of articles.
But even with that basic knowledge, I can see it’s the future of politics as we know it.
Every four or five years we queue up in the pouring rain at some crumbly old town hall, just to put an X on a bit of paper next to a name we think might make things a bit better. …
Boris Johnson was recently discussing the idea of moving Parliament to York while the House of Parliament are renovated.
For once, I agree with him. But I think it should go further than that…
It should be a permanent switch.
Listen, I have no problem with London. Some of my best friends are Londoners.
But there is a clear divide in this country when it comes to politics, a divide that is symbolised by London vs the rest.
I’m not saying our London-centric politics caused Brexit — (a coalition of Russian psyops, nearly-nazi Yankee libertarians, willing and ignorant English nationalists, and a decades-long Eurohating press are mostly to blame) — but it didn’t help. …
Is capitalism fixable? Sure.
Should it be fixed? Hmmm… I’ll get back to you on that.
In the meantime, have a read of the ways we COULD fix it if we so choose:
Or take a look at another piece from this week, on why it’s time to ban political parties.
Capitalism is screwed.
The COVID lockdown has essentially reiterated to all of us exactly what is wrong with our economic system — if we stop consuming shit we don’t need, it all falls apart.
It’s at breaking point.
Such a fragile system is destined for the scrap heap, surely?
But maybe it just needs fixing.
Is that even possible? Well, yes, actually.
See, the odd thing is… capitalism that doesn’t rape the earth and fuck over the proles, just so that people consume more crap and continue to line the already bursting pockets of the superrich… is not just viable, it exists. …
Did you know that the Founding Fathers of America (probably) wanted it to be a country without political parties?
Pretty ironic, right? Given they ended up creating perhaps the most partisan, politically divided state in the world.
How come they were against political parties then?
They had seen where Britain was headed, and they didn’t like it.
They knew then, what we’re just about realising now.
Political parties don’t work.
It’s time we got rid of them.
If you took political parties to be a true reflection of the populace they supposedly represent, you’d have a very negative view of the human race. …
This weeks latest from Politicalists is all about the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Jackson Rawlings🇪🇺🇬🇧✊ explains why he’s changed his mind on the man, why now is the time for him to step aside, and who he thinks could replace him.
We’ve also got proof that we’re living in a simulation: Brexit.
Yes, that’s right, Brexit is all the evidence we could need to surmise that we’re living in some kind of scripted reality.
As always, please read and share, and we’ll be back next week with more big ideas for the future of politics, and opinions about its present.
All the best,
In the heady days of 2016 and 2017, Jeremy Corbyn appeared to be a breath of fresh air. A conduit for British politics to come together and resolve its differences over Brexit and everything else.
That’s no longer the case.
I voted for him and Labour in 2017, and I’d be the first to start a chant of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”, but I simply can no longer countenance backing a leader who has, I think, taken things as far as he can.
There are a few key areas that to me, are evidence that someone new needs to take the reigns: his recent fudge over Brexit, his inability to make significant gains in elections and polls at a time of Tory crisis, and his regressive ideas around energy in particular — re-opening coalmines a fundamental Corbyn policy that I feel belies his eco-credentials. …
20th Century French philosopher Jean Baudrillard is not considered the most accessible, nor truly enlightening of thinkers.
He has often been criticised for deliberately obscurant and obtuse language.
However, one idea for which he deserves credit for furthering, is his conception of human existence as merely a facsimile of reality.
In arguably his most important work, 1981’s Simulacra and Simulation, Baudrillard ponders the detachment of our world from any version of true reality.
Through culture and media, we tried to understand and shape the world around us into a narrative. …