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A global democracy manifesto

"Politics lags behind the facts. We live in an era of deep technological and economic change that has not been matched by a similar development of public institutions responsible for its regulation. The economy has been globalised but political institutions and democracy have not kept pace. In spite of their many peculiarities, differences and limitations, the protests that are growing all over the world show an increasing discontent with the decision-making system, the existing forms of political representation and their lack of capacity for defending common goods. They express a demand for more and better democracy."

 

This week saw the publication of two interesting manifestos. One by Krugman and Layard on the economic crisis and this one in Open Democracy by David Hayes on the need for global democracy. Both manifestos are correct diagnoses of two aspects of the "great disruption" but both also are very disappointing in terms of alternatives.

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The 1% Strike Back

"The richest 1 percent of Americans capture 93 percent of all income growth. The challenge now is not to reinflate the economy, but to build a new foundation for growth by enpowering workers and holding executives accountable for the corrosive effect on democracy of this concentration of wealth."

 

Great analysis in Open Democracy about growing inequalities in capitalism and what to do about it.

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Anti-Wall Street Protests Spreading to Cities Large and Small

Anti-Wall Street Protests Spreading to Cities Large and Small | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Demonstrations similar to the one that began in Lower Manhattan last month are popping up across the country, aided by social media and fueled by anger at financial institutions.

An anti-Wall Street Revolution in America? Not without a coherent political blueprint.

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The Twilight of Protest

"... the people who will have the most to offer their communities, their societies, and the biosphere that supports all our lives will be those who have the courage, now, to walk away from the consumer economy and its smorgasbord of dubious pleasures, and learn, now, how to get by with less, use their own capacities of body and mind, and work with the patterns and processes of nature. For the time being ... protest can still accomplish goals worth pursuing, especially if activists wake up once again to the power of personal example; over the longer run, though, it’s the change on the individual, family, and community level that so many of today’s activists reject as pointless that have the most to offer the world."

 

Inconvenient musings by John Michael Greer on the demise of organised protest, the need for individual behavioural change, bobos and how the Republicans are preparing the revival of Marxism in the US. An absolute must-read.

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The Protests and the Metamovement - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review

The Protests and the Metamovement - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Excellent analysis by Umair Haque of the new protest movements for social justice :

 

"The Metamovement isn't just a faint, transient echo, but the increasingly resonant reverberation of people challenging this brutal state of malfunction, this Great Splintering of institutions and social contracts. Their truth, I suspect, might be this: there's no one left to turn to — and so the Metamovement has turned to each other. Not for yesterday's notions of "solidarity", or the corporatist ideal of "inspiration, "but as nodes in a pulsing network whose coherence defines it: to demand institutions which can literally deliver the goods of enlightened social contracts. That enshrine in the people, first and foremost, the inalienable right to be authors of their own destinies — instead of condemning them to be mute puppets."

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