There is an interesting concept in an article by George Monbiot talking about ‘rewilding‘ British politics.
He starts by suggesting that training should be given in spotting fake news items as they do in Finland. I confess I used to think the Brits were far too cynical to believe in much of this stuff. I tend to consider that they still are – those that consume news on the internet at least, who, statistically are youthful, I’m pretty sure are sufficiently cynical. After all if we poll the election result by age, then the result would look like this:
The source is ElectionMapsUK .
We know the Conservatives lied on social media – and there is, of course, owing to outdated rules, very little comeback. But the overwhelming Labour vote from the young suggests this may not be as important as some suggest…
Still we ought to take on board Monbiot’s idea of rewilding, by which he means that, contrasting with central control, it would be better if ‘wild’ nature took control:
The much bigger change is this: to stop seeking to control people from the centre. At the moment, the political model for almost all parties is to drive change from the top down….. the best antidote to demagoguery is the opposite process: radical trust. To the greatest extent possible, parties and governments should trust communities to identify their own needs and make their own decisions.
I wholeheartedly agree, although for me, as ever, this is also an obvious clarion call for local currency. Money is all about power, and local currency would really give some obvious, direct, local and powerful control.