“Everything starts in mysticism and ends in politics.” ~ Charles Péguy
So, politics is broken. Everyone’s standing back, eyeing those sharp-edged pieces scattered over the carpet, quietly horrified that any minute someone might be tempted to pick one up and use it as a weapon…
…Despite the mainstream reticence though, a global community of thinkers and doers is making stealthy headway through the backwaters, exploring and piloting alternatives, many of which do indeed address the fatal flaw. Most readers here will know where to look for updates on these; I won’t expound at length on them here.
(For those who want links: I’d say those with most promise draw on a combination of commons thinking (see the P2P Foundation, Commons Transition and the writings of David Bollier), land rights (for ecologically regenerative livelihoods), open cooperatives, delegative or liquid democracy, the solidarity economy, localism, Samuel Alexander’s “wild democracy“, Buen Vivir (involving ecological self-determination) (or a different description (PDF) here), Radical Ecological Democracy or Eco Swaraj, the works of Elinor Ostrom, Daniel Christian Wahl’s theories on designing regenerative cultures, James Greyson’s policy switches, Transition and people permaculture.)
The thing is, there’s no shortage of innovative and practical models, nor of pilot implementations. The biggest impediment to their wholesale adoption is the politics of Wetiko. The question, as ever, is how we might replace that monolithic death machine with a million wellsprings of a politics of life…. see link