In a new series for Bright Green Justin Kenrick examines ‘The Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’.
Describing how to avoid the worst effects of climate change we must totally re-order our economic system, Justin argues that international agreements have failed and will fail: what is needed is a ‘Commons’ approach to the climate and related crises. From what the commons is and how it functions to the current political context we need to creatively respond to, to make space for commons approaches, Justin builds a compelling case for a new vision of society.
Where are the proposals, the routemaps, to help us disentangle ourselves from the ecocidal economic growth machine we have been convinced we are wedded to? There are clearly many such routemaps, but most crucially what is needed is to identify how such a routemap can work both within the electoral system as it stands (within [...]
To resist the attempts of those who seek to drag yet more wealth away from ordinary people to fill the coffers of those who brought us the financial crisis, we need to clarify our understanding of how the system as a whole is changing and needs to change, fast; and create the spaces for prefiguring [...]
The economic and political situation is clearly volatile rather than static. It can all go either way very quickly, that our response (or lack of one) is what will make it go one way or another. So we need to be preparing for highly different possible futures. Capitalism triumphant: On the one hand, if the [...]
In Robin McAlpine’s superb analysis (After the election . . . where next for Scottish Politics?) the Scottish Parliamentary Holyrood May 2011 election was about a long term process in which: a broadly left-of-centre consensus has interacted with a more specific left-focussed strand of the electorate, and this has generated continuing change in Scottish politics [...]
In a recent interview, the BBC’s political editor Andrew Marr asks Noam Chomsky whether he thinks Marr is “self-censoring”. Chomsky replies by saying, in effect: No, there is no self-censorship involved. Rather, those who advance in politics and the media advance because they have demonstrated they are willing to conform to dominant values and power [...]
This is the fourth in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the fifth will try to begin answering the question: How can we criticise the current system in a way that prefigures and helps enable a more just society? (Read parts one, two and three) It is the [...]
This is the third in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the fourth will try to begin answering the question: Why do we knuckle under and accept a system driving us to extinction? (Parts one and two.) In a strange 1984 kind of way, most people know the [...]
This is the second in a series of ‘Case for the Commons: the kinder Society we want’ posts – the third will try and answer the question: What is the Commons, and how does it work? You can read part one here. What is needed is a ‘Commons’ approach to the climate and related crises, [...]
If Copenhagen was the last chance to stop climate chaos, if we had to turn the whole ship round by 2012 to stand a chance but are now racing even faster for the rocks, if the expert commentators think we are heading for at least 650ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, and a rise of 4C [...]