Wednesday 13 December 2017
What immediately follows is a response to my post on this day 12 months ago; “How to become a better government”. Following it are some of my quotations that convey my feelings about his comments. I then continue with my theme of idealistic thought for the past few days.
December 12, 2017 at 7:02 am
“Modern Monetary Theory” is rubbish.
“clean energy” as in, I assume, ‘renewable energy’ is a delusion.
“fast rail” is expensive to build and uses far more energy to operate than regular rail.
“the zest that built the Snowy Mountain Scheme” will destroy what’s left of our natural environment.
Most of the rest is just unrealistic ideals but, does show that the author’s heart is in the right place. Without rejecting the rubbish that I listed and the core ideologies of jobs and growth, even if all the rest were adopted, it would not make one scrap of difference.
“We are given an extraordinary gift to think creatively however only a few give it much thought.”
“The pathway to the riches of knowledge is in the reading, the exchange of creative ideas and in the doing.”
“Negativity is like rust, it never sleeps.”
“If you think positively that’s what you will become and the same applies to negativity. As we think so we become.”
The Open Society and the Common Good
First posted 2013
I have always thought that at the centre of any political philosophy should be the common good. In saying this my thoughts often drift toward a better way of doing politics and the term commongoodism is central to my internal debate. It sounds idealistic, this common good and it may not in itself be suited to all political persuasions but it is worthy of examination. It is probably more acceptable to the left than the right. But politics after all is about compromise .
So have the isms of left and right gone past their used by dates? Many questions arise. Do they suffer from the tiredness of longevity? Is there a possibility that a new politic could emerge from a society deeply entrenched in political negativity and malaise, yet still retain the essential ingredients of a vigorous democracy? Where a wide-ranging common good test would be applied to all policy. Have left and right so fused into each other that they no longer form a demarcation of ideas? Could the ideologies of the two somehow come together to form this commongoodism?
Who would decide the common good? How could one define it? Could capitalism embrace the common good or would it need a work over? Could conservatism which empathises individual responsibility and opportunity embrace it. What would common good values be?
That’s all a bit like political scrambled eggs I know but they are the sort of philosophical questions I ask myself on my daily walks. You see that although I still value my leftish views I do really believe that modern political thought and practice needs a makeover. And not just nationally but internationally. But particularly in Australia where politics no longer meets the needs or aspirations of the people and is held in such low esteem that politicians are barely relevant.
I have long felt that the political establishment has taken ownership of a system that should serve the people but instead serves itself. It is self-indulgent, shows no respect for the people it serves and lacks transparency.
Tony Blair says “the big difference is no longer between left and right, it is between open and closed”.
So with this statement let me introduce you to an address by Nick Clegg, former leader of the British Liberal Party, on the “Open Society” In it he introduces many themes and ideas.
This link was sent to me by my Facebook friend Daniel Carr who is in London studying education and is thinker on these matters.
I shall say no more other than that this address is full of sound political common sense. It is full of idealism and controversial considerations that challenges current political understanding. I found it enthralling. It has helped me in my efforts to bring some clarity to my thoughts on commongoodism.
So I invite those who are seriously minded on the subject to share your views. I for one would be most interested in them.
My thought for the day
“Never be afraid to step over the shadow of your negativity.”